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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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Heelang, hands off journalists!



In our last edition, we touched on athletes who need to be media savvy, however it appears the vaccine needs to be administered on sports leaders too.

There is a highly contagious disease spreading rapidly in the sports space with those in power having a wrong perception of owning the media or somehow entitled to publicity. Such people want to literally dictate what should be broadcast or published, fa ba bata go go nyantshetsa o utwa gotwe, write and send back so I crosscheck.

That equals disrespecting and undermining a journalist to the lowest level; it is more like wanting to teach a scribe how to do their work. If you are in a wrong profession at your respected workplace, please kindly send in your Curriculum Vitae (CV) to newsrooms, you might land that Editor- In Chief position. Then there are those who will make scribes feel like they signed a death warrant, why did you not cover my event? You are not reliable; you are only good at chasing certain individuals. Heelang! Stop crucifying journalists, they do not owe anyone anything and realistically speaking cannot cover everything to please all.

Oops and there are those who never want anything bad or controversial associated with their name. They start off as bosom buddies, discussing ‘non offensive’ issues and once in a while a compliment thrown their way. Once the dark days come knocking and gears are changed, suddenly the same journalist ke moloi wa meno a 4 mo ganong. Really now? So, all along the witch was not visible and now that the tables have turned and it hurts like never before, things have become clearer? Perhaps, you forget what the real job of a scribe is? You cannot befriend a journalist my friends, if you do, then something is seriously wrong! Expect the good together with the bitter taste of unwanted publicity.

There is also a time when the scribes are labelled bomma dijo le bo Rradijo. To an extent that you even emphasize that there will be food at your events, so the more the merrier! I agree, generally only a few can say NO to free food but it becomes a bit untidy when you put a food price tag to your events. Ga re gane, there are some colleagues with a huge appetite and they are not even shy about it but isn’t it that there are people like that all over.

Le re tshabisa go ja, please! Another trend, initially good but now disturbing is that of organisations spoiling some rotten journalists by travelling with them to certain places, all expenses fully paid for. This includes food, accommodation and transportation. Things then become cozy when a drink or two is thrown in, nice but at what expense? Is it out of good will or tantamount to bribery?

Some associations tend to confuse it all with rubbing off bad publicity. Kgantele e nna, ao laitaka, o lebala o robetse ko Cresta Hotel ke go reketse biri? A guilty conscience then kicks in and stories are shelved. It is only a few that manage to look beyond the fancy trips and royal treatment and uphold journalism principles. Better you spoil journalists but without undue expectations, accept both the bad and the good coming your way.

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Abidal punches ticket to TS Galaxy




Township Rollers’s defensive Midfielder Gape ‘Abidal’ Mohutsiwa has confirmed that he will be plying his trade at South African based TS Galaxy next season.

This follows rife speculation that Mohutsiwa’s deal with Galaxy might have somehow fallen off. The strong suspicions came about last week when the national first division side communicated the team’s new signings. Local based players of Mosha Gaolaolwe, Thero Setsile and Ezekiel Morake were mentioned in the list and Mohutsiwa’s name was suspiciously omitted. As if that was not enough, the team went on to show off pictures of the trio signing contracts with the team management but still no mention of Mohutsiwa.

Speaking to Sun Sport this week, Mohutsiwa explained that he had seen the communication but made nothing from it. “I am still going because even my work permit is ready, all is well and there is no need to panic,” he said.

The 22-year-old pointed out that TS Galaxy had informed that they will communicate dates to join them in South Africa. He is expecting their call anytime after completing the season this coming weekend.

“I also saw those pictures with the management and its is not like they signed the contracts last week. I suspect that they were just appreciating the performance made by my fellow colleagues Morake and Setsile during the COSAFA championships staged in Durban South Africa,” said Mohutsiwa.

The young Abidal as he is well known is convinced that the TS Galaxy management was just ‘boasting’ about the kind of talent they are bringing to their team. “I did not perform to the best of my ability during COSAFA championships but I cannot say they were neglecting me, I am actually fine with it,” he said.

Mohutsiwa added that as young as he is, he believes that he has a lot to offer and the intention is not to return home in a year or so. He has been signed for three years and the expectation is that he completes his term and perhaps find other lucrative deals out there.

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