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Fencing activities far in between

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The growth of fencing in Botswana continues to be stifled by lack of activity and commitment from affiliates. This past weekend Botswana Amateur Fencing Association (BAFS) affiliates failed to show up for a tournament held in Gaborone. Nevertheless, the tournament went on with a hand full of athletes at the Botswana Karate Association (BOKA) dojo. In an interview this week, tournament organiser Thato Mpolokang said the categories included cadets and seniors athletes both male and female. “Ages ranged from nine years to 40 years.

There was also a male veteran who was competing against senior man. Some clubs did not attend but the number of athletes competing was not bad either in all categories including epee and sabre,” Mpolokang said. Nevertheless, fencing master Mpolokang who financed the tournament from her own pocket said she was satisfied with the athletes who turned up for the event. “Some parents came out to support their kids for the first time in large numbers. This shows great interest towards this sport.” Mpolokang said it was a crying shame that the local fencing association has not hosted any games since earlier in July this year. “That was when we had our 1st tournament which made me think really hard about this.

I wanted to add more games to the calendar.” I started planning to host this tournament in July through my own company “Cake meets Art” which was the sole sponsor. “It was not as easy as I thought but I managed to pay for everything including the venue, medals and trophies and logistics” “Our committee BAFS had nothing to do with the 1st annual T.X. fencing competion they just borrowed me fencing equipment. All the financial burden was carried by myself. Nevertheless, I had some help from Master Karabo Thobega who is also a fencing coach.

He assisted in terms of looking for things for the event he was my right hand man.Mpolokang (24) started fencing in 2015 where she secured silver against South Africa. That was when my love for the sport developed. I have since competed both local and out side the country.” I also hold level 2 diplomas in sabre fencing from a training academy in Budapest, Hungary last year 2016. This made me the 1st female Master in Botswana.Mpolokang will next compete at the Gaborone Open scheduled for October.

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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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