The founder of Sports View runners Club also former Botswana Athletics Association (BAA) Vice President, Glody Dube says it is important for elderly people to be included in sport activities. Dube was speaking on the sidelines of the recent Sports View Club 10km marathon race this past weekend in Modipane.
According to Dube, elderly people are often faced with health risks resulting from old age, with that, there is need for regular exercise. The marathon had attracted a total of 28 participants and 14 were veterans and grand master athletes.
As a man heavily bitten by a sport bug, Dube is of the view that as much as it is important to develop sport from grassroots level in the country, they should not neglect the senior category. Dube argued that old age does not necessarily mean inability and given a chance, they can unearth hidden talent from the elderly. “Some of them have resorted to staying at home yet their wisdom can be used to develop sport in the country,” Dube said. Dube explained that majority of the elders often feel neglected by the society and that creates a rift between them and the youth.
“They have nothing to do at home and they are often bored, the marathon provided some form of excitement to them. Many of them have been advised to train medical practitioners. However they often develop cold feet and decide to stay at home, it is not about winning the race but keeping them entertained and healthy,” he said.
Dube pointed out that several of them (elders) have recently opened up to him saying their health has improved for the better and applauded his marathon initiative. Dube has been hosting the Modipane marathon race for the past three years. Additionally, he explained that the race has helped keep children out of the streets as it keeps them busy.
Selibe Phikwe bowls club faces closure
Selibe-Phikwe Bowls Club faces a possible collapse, Sun Sports has learnt. This follows the closure of the BCL mine back in 2016, which has seen the club struggle without the supply of electricity and water.
Speaking to this publication this week, the chairperson of Phikwe club Oabona Motladiile said that things have been stagnant since the mine closed doors. “Nothing is happening here, there is no action at all because when the mine closed, it meant there was no one to pay for the water and electricity bills,” Motladiile said.
Motlaadile explained that their grounds are situated at Area 2, a place that the mine paid all bills for, however it has since proved very hard for them to maintain the green that needs constant watering. He said they do not have any alternative facilities to use and have since informed the Phikwe council about their difficulties but still solutions have not been found.
The Phikwe Chairman at the time of going to press said he was not sure of the exact figures they needed on a monthly basis but around 20 000 litres of water and electricity not exceeding P 1 000. He lamented that the Phikwe club is one of the oldest clubs locally and at one point had about 30 members. However, numbers have been dropping because there is no action.
“We are a very competitive club of men and women who make it into the national team,” he said. John Gaborutwe who is the BBA Vice President said that the possible closure of Phikwe Bowls Club was one of the topical issues to be discussed during the BBA Annual General Meeting (AGM) this coming weekend. The affiliates will be expected to vote for a new Vice President, Treasurer and Director of Bowls as the term for the current office bearers expires.
The AGM will be followed by the start of the Rose Bowl tournament. The tournament is the 1st of the 5-series major tournaments for the 2019 season. The remaining tournaments will be held in Francistown, Orapa, Jwaneng and Phikwe respectively. Jwaneng club is the defending champions.
BFA FIRES BRIGHT
Allegations coming out of the Botswana Football Association (BFA) are that national football team head coach Major David Bright has been fired as of Tuesday this week. The illustrious veteran tactician took over from Englishman Peter James Butler more than a year ago.
At the helm of the Zebras, Bright struggled to bring home positive results and find winning combinations. Having failed to lead Zebras past the qualifying stages of the 2019 Afcon competition was the first sign of trouble for the veteran coach at Lekidi. Furthermore the experienced tactician was expected to improve Botswana’s position in the FIFA world rankings. The Zebras are currently in the lowly 145th position.
According to sources close to the matter, Bright was handed a termination letter and challenged to show cause why he should not be relieved of his duties at Lekidi. As one of the most decorated coaches in both Botswana and CAF region, Bright has coached numerous teams including South Africa’s Bay United, Gaborone United and Morupule Wonders.
Reached for comment on the matter the BFA president Maclean Letshwiti insisted that the former army man is still in charge of the senior national team. For his part Bright said he could not comment on the matter and referred Sun Sport to the BFA.
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