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BPC powers cycle race

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The Botswana Power Cooperation (BPC) has sponsored the 2017 BPC Otse _ Kanye Cycling Challenge with a massive P155 000. The sponsorship deal was launched early this week in Gaborone. The race will begin and end in Mogobane Village on the 12th November 2017. Announcing the sponsorship deal to their partners Tsela Riders Cycling Club, BPC spokesperson Dineo Seleke said BPC will be sponsoring the cycling challenge for three years and they shall add 10 percent to the P155 000 for the remaining two years.

“For the upcoming two years we shall be giving out P155 000 plus an additional 10 percent on top, meaning we would have invested over P500 000 by the end of the three year period,” she explained. Through the partnership, Seleke said BPC hopes to assist develop young and female cyclists to also create room for luring in potential investors. “ As mentioned earlier the race route has an eye catching nature view, we can use that to our advantage and maybe be able to develop the place with time.”

She said they want nothing more than turning the club youth team into professional riders in the near future. Seleke said she had absolute confidence in that at the end of the three year deal, they we would have recruited more youth and riders. In addition, Seleke said that there is a possibility of renewing the deal because they are proud to be associated with the club and hope for a beautiful marriage.

On behalf of Botswana Cycling Association (BCA) Tlamelo Dube said they are busy at work to ensure that women develop interest in Cycling. He challenged the Club to ensure that they use part of the sponsorship mainly to develop female athletes, saying the current involvement of women in the sport is worrisome. Dube applauded BPC for their efforts noting that the partnership will be put to good use and as the mother body, they will be providing the necessary support to ensure a successful event.

The International working group on women and sport (IWG) Secretary Game Mothibi gave BCA a pat on the shoulder for recognizing women in sports. Moreover, Mothibi said the BCA has to vigorously ensure that there will be participation of women at the competition. Mothibi advised that women should be encouraged to ride for fun and fitness, “ I urge you Tsela riders to make Gaborone a busy and fitness centre. We want to see a holistic programme that covers both men and women,” she said.Registration is still on for the 120 and 60km race. Last year’s tournament was won by Oabile Tingwane in the 120km junior boys category. Bernardo Aysu won the Elite category.

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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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