Botswana motorsport enthusiasts are expected to come in droves for the eagerly anticipated Mmabesi 200 in Serowe this Saturday. The annual Botswana Motorsport race is in its second year running and forms part of the local motorsport championship.
The fast growing two wheeler and quad event is sanctioned by BMS. Local and international riders with racing licences are expected to compete on the 200km race. This week the event organisers announced that president Ian Khama and the Minister of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development Thapelo Olopeng will participate at this year’s event.
The two leaders seem to enjoy riding their preferred quad bikes as recently witnessed at the 2017 Khawa sand dune challenge. The 2016 two-wheeler bike champion at the Desert race Vincent Crosbie is expected to compete. Crosbie is also the defending champion of the race. However, the 2017 Dakar Rally hero will be expecting tight competition from BMS championship leader Ross Branch who did not take part at the 2017 national championship. Robert Polka goes into this competition as the silver medallist.
Serowe Extreme Bikers Club hosts the event, which is one of the few motorsport events without racing cars. There will be spectators’ points in the neighbouring villages like Paje and Mogorosi. The Serowe club local organising committee member Odireleng Mmolai confirmed that the stage is set and the presence of the president will spice up the event.
Moreover race organisers are positive that the pace at which the race is growing is highly promising to be a world-class competition. BMS events have since grown in popularity and following in recent years, more especially the Desert race, spinning and bike competitions. This year event goes by the theme, ‘# in dust we trust’.
New GU Stadium Excites Mochudi based soccer rivals
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.
Local hockey body to incur massive financial loss post Covid-19
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.”