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New BNOC athletes’ commission elected

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There seems to be gaping holes within the newly elected Botswana National Olympic (BNOC) athletes committee and their predecessors. The new BNOC athletes commission was elected this past weekend, however some of the athletes elected to the committee have denied having knowledge of the existence to the athletes committee at BNOC all along. “The outgoing commission has briefed us on their achievements and challenges.

I believe they have done well so far. However some of us were not aware of the commission and information could not be passed to us effectively,” said athletes who forms part of the new committee. The athletes committee was elected ahead of the long awaited BNOC elective general meeting scheduled for 7th October. Netball and Athletics had more numbers in the outgoing commission.

The previous committee was dominated by athletics, which was represented by five athletes. The commission included one person from netball and one individual from boxing. BNOC has 26 full member codes though less than 10 affiliates attended the assembly. The outgoing commission was made of Lechedzani ‘Master’ Luza as chairman, California Molefe, Obakeng Naigwa, Isaac Makwala, Portia Rasekhumba, Goitseone Seleka, Kabelo Kgosiemang, and Moses Jones. The commission is made of former athletes and active ones.

The newly elected commission will meet at their convenience and elect their own chairman. The commission will start their term of office after BNOC elective congress. The commission is yet to choose its chairperson who will represent his/her colleagues at BNOC board meeting. The new committee is also made up of Tracy Chaba and Monica Alfred from volleyball, Jury Manaka of softball, Magdelene Rebatenne of table tennis, and Stanley Katlego Matutu of PASSOBO. Moses Jones of Karate is the only candidate who managed to retain his position.

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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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