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BOKA gets a boss lady

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Sensei Eileen Alberts may just be what the doctor has ordered for the Botswana Karate Association (BOKA) female athletes.

Currently the high achieving Alberts is the only and first female Chief Instructor in Botswana. BOKA appointed the high-flying Alberts recently at their watershed Ordinary General Meeting (OGM) held in Palapye. Speaking to The Midweek Sun this week, Alberts said she is proud to be the Chief instructor of International Shokotan Karate Foundation, an international karate organisation affiliated to BOKA.

As the only female Chief Instructor, Alberts said it is now up to her to ensure that she mothers all female karatekas in Botswana.“I will like to ensure, that as a lady in BOKA, I get more women involved in Karate at national, continental and international level.  Owing to the fact that Karate is seen as a “Man’s” sport, I will like to assist BOKA in recruiting women so that Botswana can field a strong women team in the coming international events,” she said.

Alberts knows that it will not be easy to achieve all her plans in a short time and conceded that she will be seeking assistance from her male counterparts. “ Talk about pressure, there is plenty of that at the moment. Many eyes will be on me, especially from the female side because the hope is that I will assist women and ensure that they are given an opportunity to represent the country internationally,” she said. Albert said there is urgent need to increase the number of females in male dominated roles such as coaching and the referee’s panel.

She noted that it makes her happy to see more women trying to take up karate, adding that there is hope for the girl child in karate. For his part, BOKA spokesperson Isaiah Ramontshonyana said the appointment of Alberts comes at the right time when the Association is trying to empower women. He explained that they have full confidence in her as an instructor, “When we visited her dojo we learned that she is hands on, her federation has been attending trainings in South Africa and they also attend local tournaments,” Ramontshonyane said. Going into the future, Ramontshonyane said inspiration should be drawn from Alberts that women are capable of taking up leading roles in male dominated sporting codes.

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Local boxers ready for regional tourney

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CONFIDENT: Newly unveiled LOC is confident that the regional tourney will be a success

Botswana Boxing Association (BoBA) this past Tuesday officially unveiled a Local Organising Committee (LOC) that has been tasked with preparing for the upcoming Zone 4 championships that are to be held in Botswana.

The team is headed by celebrated boxing legend France Mabiletsa and is expected to host more than seven countries that are expected to descend in Botswana in the next two weeks. Officiating at the event, Botswana National Sport Commission (BNSC) Vice Chairperson Tsoseletso Magang said that BoBA officials should refrain from interfering with the task given to the LOC. She noted that many sporting codes often give the LOC the responsibility of delivering an event only for the code members to bully themselves into the affairs of the LOC and disrupts the preparations.

Magang warned that there is little time left before the tournament, and with that, the LOC will need all the support to ensure they deliver a successful event. She noted that hosting the regional tournament gave Botswana an upper hand of fielding more athletes that will have an opportunity to qualify for the Africa Championships scheduled for later this year.

For his part, Mabiletsa noted that they have already hit the ground running and confident that the event will be a success. The competition will be hosted in Botho College and they are in talks with Ave Maria to accommodate athletes. “Life will be made much easier for athletes if they are accommodated at Ave Maria because it is closer to the competition venue,” he said.

He explained that the zone is made up of 12 countries of Lesotho, Angola, Malawi, South Africa and Zimbabwe among others. However as of this past Tuesday, only seven had confirmed participation and they expect to finalize the logistics by the end of the week.

Meanwhile, a formidable national boxing team of eight men captained by Mmusie Tswiiige (60kg) and three ladies led by Lethabo Modukanele (48kg) will represent the country at the regional tournament.

According to the Head coach Lechedzani ‘Master’ Luza, the team has been on camp for the past three weeks. In his opinion, the team is ready to compete. “Generally, they are not bad, we need to work on a few things such as power and speed on some boxers, the defence department is also not bad,” he said.

Luza noted that Botswana has always established herself as a powerhouse and there is no doubt that majority, if not all team Botswana members will win a medal during competition time. He explained that the competition was one of the many leading to Tokyo 2020 Olympics and will give local boxers an opportunity to qualify for the Olympics.

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Branch does it again

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Local motorcycle racing sensation Ross Branch has continued his stellar form after securing overall second position in the internationally renowned Merzouga Rally. The race came to a conclusion this past weekend and Branch has proven his mettle amongst some of the best rally motorcyclists in the world.

The podium finish is expected to take the Dakar Rally racer to even greater heights in the hugely competitive and expensive sport. It has been barely two months since the talented local rider emerged as a top class racer at the Dakar Rally where he finished 13 and walked away with the fastest rookie of the 10 000 km odyssey.

At Merzouga, things seemed a little better for the rider as the terrain offer sand and rock as opposed to the treacherous dunes in Dakar. Branch who was using a different navigation system in Morocco showed his pace after winning the fourth stage of the race last week Thursday.

Prior to his podium finish Branch said Merzouga was only his second rally and he was willing to learn from some of the top riders in the sport. The KTM 450cc rider said he was now setting his sights on other major races including the 2020 Dakar Rally that has been confirmed for Saudi Arabia.

Since returning from the Dakar, Ross has stayed busy and competed at the cross-country championship in Kwazulu Natal in South Africa, where he finished fourth. The local rider is expected to compete at the upcoming 1000 km Toyota Desert Race, an event he has won more than seven times.

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