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CHURCH TAKES OVER BOKA DOJO

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Athletes want the church removed from their dojo

We are not training because of that church-Athletes

I agree with athletes- BOKA President

Botswana Karate Association (BOKA) national team athletes are currently in a stand off with Rockland Family International Church of over the use of the association’s dojo. This week, Sun Sports learnt that BOKA has been renting the dojo to Rockland church for the past few years.

However, the relationship between the two is now turning sour after athletes accused disrupting their training program ahead of the Karate world championships in Spain. In an interview this week some BOKA athletes expressed concern over access to the training facility. According to the athletes who spoke on condition of anonymity, the facility is only available to them twice a week.

The rest of the days are said to be reserved for the church services. So frustrated are the athletes that they called on BOKA leadership to remove the church from the dojo. “All of a sudden they are a priority, how are we supposed to prepare for major tournaments if we train twice a week,” said a concerned athlete. The athletes argued that they do not understand the relationship between BOKA and the Church.

“This situation needs to be dealt with as soon as possible.” The athletes argued that they were no proper training or even camp and the unavailability of the hall was also a contributing factor. Reached for comment this week, BOKA president Tshepo Bathai said that the hall is a revenue stream and is available for renting.Nevertheless he agreed that the current setup was a bit unfair on his athletes. “I personally do not agree with the current arrangement and have communicated this to the committee, it is one of the issues on the table. The hall should be used for its primarily role, anything that comes after that is secondary,” Bathai said.

Bathai explained that the church got into agreement with the association long before his committee assumed office last year. He said the contract has since elapsed and they will be looking to rectify the situation. For his part, the association spokesperson Isaiah Ramontshonyane said athletes are training well and they have not been encountering problems. He maintained that they have been in partnership with the church for a long time and yet they managed to produce good results. He however said they will be willing to bend if need be so as they do not inconvenience the athletes in any form. “That hall is for athletes and whenever we have Karate activities we inform the Church and they excuse us, there was no training camp because of insufficient funds,” Ramontshonyane said.

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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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