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.
New GU Stadium Excites Mochudi based soccer rivals
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.
Local hockey body to incur massive financial loss post Covid-19
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.”