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BAA competes in Commonwealth and World Champs

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Botswana Athletics Association (BAA) is expected to send two separate teams to the Youth World championships in Kenya and the Commonwealth youth games in the Bahamas. The Commonwealth Youth Games are scheduled for 18-23 July 2017 in Nassau, Bahamas. The team is expected to depart for Bahamas on 15th July 2017.

The youth world championship scheduled for Nairobi, will start on 12th until 16th July. The athletes who form part of the team that impressed at the local BISA competitions and Confederation of School Sport Associations of Southern Africa in Zimbabwe recently.

The Nassau, Bahamas bound team includes Oarabile Tshosa (100 and 200m), Rose Senane (200m) and mixed relay, Tlhompang Basele (400m) and mixed relay, Naledi Lopang (400m) and mixed relay, Olesitse Benard (400m), Mothusi Boitshwarelo (200m), Phodiso Rampa (200m) and Omphile Ntaolang 400m and mixed relay.

The team will be led by Meriam Mokgadi from Goodhope Senior as manager and Kago Tladinyane from Kumakwane as coach. The Kenya bound team will compete mainly in mixed relay races. The team is made of Sokologang Mokgotlwane from Maun Senior, Thuto Masasa from Lotsane Senior, Oratile Nowe Swaneng Hill School, Kealeboga Balemogi and Bafedile Gasebatho both from McConnell College in Tutume. The technical team is led by Coach Chilume Ntshwarang and manager Mompati Ngwako. The send-off ceremony for both teams will be held in Gaborone this Sunday.

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New GU Stadium Excites Mochudi based soccer rivals

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Officials at Mochudi village’s biggest  soccer clubs Mochudi Centre Chiefs and Mochudi Rovers are excited at the news that their district will soon have a state of the art football stadium after property and construction magnate Nicholas Zackhem announced the erection of the facility for Gaborone United.

Zackhem, owner and director of Zac Construction, revealed recently to this publication that a football stadium would be built in Bokaa village at a cost of P70 million, with the hope that all phases will be completed by 2025.

Edwin Mothulatshipi, Chairman of Centre Chiefs, as well as Mochudi Rovers’ Chairman Sugar Molefhe both spoke to The Midweek Sun on what the construction of the stadium means for their respective clubs. Both admit they would jump at the opportunity to use the facility for their official matches, and based on what Gaborone United financier Zackhem has shared with The Midweek Sun, it will not be difficult for all the other clubs based around the area to use the facility. TO READ THE COMPLETE STORY, BUY THIS WEEK’S EDITION (11 August 2021) OF THE MIDWEEK SUN AT A STORE NEAR YOU.

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Local hockey body to incur massive financial loss post Covid-19

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Botswana Hockey Association (BHA) President Unaswi Matebu has confessed that her Association will suffer major financial losses post the Covid 19 pandemic that has left the sport fraternity at a standstill.

Matebu recently told this publication that the current situation does not only have tremendous effects on their schedule, but also there will be financial implications more especially that the association does not have full time sponsors.

“We had to cancel most of our calendar activities such as tournaments, national team trainings, Board meetings, and club activities since mid-March this year, all of which have cost us money to prepare for,” Matebu remarked in an interview.

Additionally she said the planning phase for their 5-year Development Plan which was supposed to be launched in June will have to be postponed. Also there are national competitions that were postponed till further notice despite them having already set up teams and having already started preparing.

“Our Indoor Hockey Senior National teams had already started preparations for the Africa Cup of Nations – a World Cup qualifier – that was supposed to be held in June, 2020, in South Africa. Our Field Hockey Senior National teams had already begun preparations for the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers that were supposed to be held in August, 2020 in Zimbabwe,” she added.

Moreover, it was going to be an excessively detailed and decorated year  for local hockey governing body, with the Youth National teams having  already began preparations for the Africa Youth Championships that were billed for September, 2020, in Ghana.

“Player conditioning has obviously been affected because athletes are currently not training as planned and what we had achieved so far might go to waste. We are only hoping that the Continental and World Hockey governing bodies will give us enough time to prepare for these competitions post the pandemic.”

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