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Over 5000 Batswana run in DGM

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Kfir Teichman the Managing Director (MD) of Gaborone Diacore Botswana (DGM) says they are likely to increase the 42km race first prize money going into the future. Teichman was speaking in an interview following the conclusion of the 2018 DGM. This year’s world-famous marathon event offered a whooping P 1 Million prize money to a runner who could finish the race in 2:08:00. Nevertheless, none of the professional 42km runners managed to scoop the seven-figure prize money. “We had hoped to attract some top runners to the 2018 DGM, however they did not show up and nobody managed to win the challenge. We might be forced to increase the money or look at other factors that made it hard for the runners to win the main prize,” he said. The seven figured prize money he said will remain in their coffers and they will come up with other better ideas for the 2019 event. We need to seat down, think and decide on the way forward, maybe the time was too much for the runners.

According to the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) records, the World Record for men is 2:02:57, set by Dennis Kimetto of Kenya on September 28, 2014, at the Berlin Marathon. Teichman said he is confident that the DGM has the potential to break the world record given the level of competitiveness showed by the runners. Since they became the title sponsor of the event back in 2012, Teichman said the event has grown through leaps and bounds. In his opinion, the 2018 event was one of the biggest having attracted 33 countries including USA, Finland and England. However, what impressed him the most is that over 5 000 Batswana registered for the event. Quizzed on the event budget, the DGM boss said they need close to P 3 million to host the event. Teichman said they donate to charity revenue raised through registration to charity. “We normally give away P 1 million to charity annually,” he said. Meanwhile, Sibusiso Nzima of South Africa won the 42km run clocking an impressive 02:16:56 while Olivia Chitate of Zimbabwe emerged the women champion. Sylvester Koko won the 10km men race.

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FIRE POWER: Galaxy await Rollers

It is only the third week of the 2018/19 BTC Premiership and things are already heating up. Leading the charge is a marauding Jwaneng Galaxy who have already thrown a heavy-handed gauntlet at their rivals after recording a highly impressive 10 goals in just two games.

Galaxy’s intention has been made clear this season after leaving their first two opponents with bloody noses and tails tucked between their legs. The former Mascom Top 8 champions are in a relentless war path with the premier league title on their radar. This weekend, Galaxy host bitter rivals Township Rollers in Jwaneng in what is expected to be a football grudge match. Rollers have been a prickly thorn in Galaxy’s quest to claim the premiership silverware for the past two seasons.

This means the weekend fixture will be the most compelling of the new season. However, Galaxy seem to be packing more heat coming into the Saturday fixture having annihilated both Prisons XI (5-0) and Security Systems (5-0). Galaxy are currently occupying first position alongside second place Sharps Shooting Stars at six points apeice. The game against Popa this weekend will be a litmus test for Galaxy. If the Debswana backed side beats the reigning champions they will establish themselves as potential contenders for the 2018/19 title honours. On the flipside, a loss against Rollers will only mean the first two games were short of a bluff.

Pound for pound Mapalastina have the best squad in the domestic league but a new look Galaxy are well endowed in their own right. In an interview this week, Galaxy spokesperson Tankiso Morake said they played Rollers three times last season and all the games ended in a draw. “Remember we played Rollers in the Mascom Top 8 in Lobatse,” an up-beat Morake said. Morake further said they expected their new coach to receive his permits and start manning the bench when they play Rollers this weekend. “Our supporters have told us that they expected nothing less than league honours this season.” Morake attributes the positive result to a great pre-season.

“You will remember that there was a fake list in the media indicating that we have parted ways with most of our players. You can see that the likes of Ayanda Molefe and Isaac Paeye are still part of the team. There is a lot of competition in our team because we mostly have young players in the team including Lebogang Ditsile who played at Highlands Park in South Africa.” Furthermore, Morake conceded that Rollers are a strong team but argued that they will win the games from the technical bench. “You will remember that we started the last season back tracking but this time things are different.”

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Bridge team fails to impress

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The local team comprised of under 16, under 21 and under 26 categories. In an interview this week, BBF spokesperson Mbakiso Malilo did not mince his words when he described the team’s performance as terrible with all the three teams failing to qualify for the quarter finals.

“Making it to the quarter finals was our target following a good showing in the online championship by our junior team. I believe we can work on improving the playing standard for kids (under 16) as they still stand a chance to compete in the under 21 and under 26 categories for future championships,” he said.

However, Malilo explained that the local youth team gained a lot of experience as the played against more advanced rivals. Quizzed on challenges they faced with a predominantly youthful team, Malilo said: “the trip was too long and for most of the players this was their first experienced of travelling such a great distance. The jet lag ended up affecting the team’s performance as they showed signs of fatigue.” Malilo said their objective was to train young players and give them exposure to the game early on.

“We managed to network with bridge power houses like the Netherlands. Official from the European country expressed interest in training our kids through bridge clinics and enhancing the standard of play and bidding.” Malilo said they selected the junior team that travelled to China through local tournament that was held in Gaborone earlier this year. The tournament was attend by mostly tertiary school students and out of school youth in the junior and youngsters’ category. For the under 16 category we invited student from secondary schools.

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