The Botswana Basketball Association (BBA) Disability Committee in conjunction with the University of Botswana will on the 25th November host the 2017 Malebogo “Max” wheelchair basketball tournament at the University of Botswana Basketball Courts. The wheel chair basketball tournament aims at raising awareness on Gender Based Violence during the commemorative 16 days of Activism against Gender Based Violence on Women and Children.
The participating teams are Diamond Wheelers Basketball team and South East District Disability Sports Association, the sponsors and the media team. The games are expected to start from 4pm until 9pm. During a media briefing held in Gaborone yesterday, Malebogo Molefhe said as a victim of Gender based violence, they want to use basketball as a tool for raising awareness on issues of domestic violence in the country. Molefhe who escaped death in 2009 after her boyfriend shot her 8 times said she was once a national basketball player, however since her tragic incident, she has been using a wheelchair due to her spinal cord injuries.
Through the tournament, she is determined to eliminate all forms of violence against women and children in Botswana by spreading the message through sport. The tournament will also strive to encourage active participation in sports for students and communities including those living with disabilities. “Wheelchair Basketball is not visible in Botswana and it is our hope that this tournament will expose it to the community and inspire other people with disabilities to engage in sports,” she said. On behalf of the BBA Disability Committee, the chairperson, Lesley Baleseng said there will be stalls at the courts from 1600hrs where people will get to interact with one another, get advice and share experiences on how to do away with issues of gender based violence on women and children.
Baleseng said there will be sign language interpretations for deaf people on the day saying they take pride in hosting sports events that empower people living with disabilities. He pleaded with the community to support the event in large numbers. “We need the community to support those living with disabilities rather them discriminating and isolating them, if we do that then we are off to good beginnings,” he said.
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.”