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BOKA foundation trust takes off

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Botswana Karate Association (BOKA) president Tshepo Bathai said the official BOKA fund raising arm known as Botswana Karate Foundation Trust has officially begun operating. Bathai made note of this in an interview with Sun Sports this week. According to the BOKA president, the trust will engage the public, private sector and other stakeholders to partner with BOKA in various initiatives.

The president said that the primary purpose of the foundation is to advance, promote and support the mission of BOKA, which is to enhance excellence at the association by building relationships and resources that will enable karate to become one of the leading sport codes locally. Bathai explained that the trust is governed and made up of nine board trustees that include prominent members of the business community, government and parastatals.

Among others, the board has the likes of Chairperson Matlhogonolo Mponang; she is the current Deputy Executive Director- Corporate Services of Botswana Accountancy College. Vice Chairperson of the board is Thapelo Letsholo who has immense experience in communications and public relations across Southern Africa. The treasurer is the managing Director of Garona Group Lebogang Gaobakwe; the Secretary is Bathai, while paramount chief of Bakwena Kgosi Kgari Sechele is an additional member, together with Professional Chartered Accountant Fatema Khan.

The managing Director of IT-IQ Botswana Vish Sethi, Executive Chairman of River-Ridge Holdings Favor Marebole and Clinical Director at Blossoming Child Centre and Psychotherapist at Thuso Psychotherapy, Lucinda Thuso also make up the team as additional members. Bathai said that they will be aiming at bringing Karate to the community as well as being able to reward sport achievement in the country. The trust will also be used to improve the financial capacity of BOKA and lessen the heavy dependence on government funding. “We need finance to be able to develop Karate locally, and what we receive from the government is often not enough to meet our set targets,” he said.

The initiative was formulated back in 2014 when Bathai was elected as President of BOKA however he later resigned from the position and unfortunately the foundation collapsed too. Quizzed as to what he will be doing differently this time around he said. “We will be coming on full force even when my term elapses as BOKA president, I will hand over the trust to the those in power to ensure that the trust does not fall on our watch again,” Bathai assured.

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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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