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Sechele becomes bodybuilding royalty

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Botswana’s chiselled muscleman Gontse Sechele has finally cashed in on his million-pula physique following a resounding victory at the W.F.F Pretoria Classic in South Africa this past weekend. The hulking Sechele won in the extreme body (over 90 kg) and earned himself the lucrative Pro- Card. The prize means statuesque beefcake now becomes an elite bodybuilder with worldwide recognition. Appearing as if he was curved by Michelangelo himself, Sechele’s biceps, triceps and quads will now generate much needed revenue to power his international career.

Nevertheless, Sechele’s victory is a watershed moment for bodybuilding in Botswana. Once a fringe sport that has been looked at with a side eye and shunned by local sporting authorities is likely to become a mainstream sport in Botswana as young people are likely to develop interest in the sport. Sechele’s focus dedication and insatiable will to succeed saw him competing all over the world despite travelling under tight budget. Despite numerous challenges and stumbling blocks on the way Sechele maintained his composure and never lost hope.

A life dedicated to improving every inch of his body mirrors that of another famous bodybuilder and former Mr Universe Anorld Schwazzerneger. Both the Australian oak and Sechele came from humble beginning and realised their dream of becoming elite body builders. With a Pro Card nothing will stand on Sechele’s way to become international bodybuilding royalty like his film star idol. Victory this past weekend means Sechele has now qualified for the world champions scheduled for Singapore in Asia later this year. I have to secure first position if in order to qualify for a pro card during the event. “Once I acquire a pro-card, I will be recognized as a professional and become more marketable.

The pro card, my passport to bigger events that offer better rewards. Ahead of the eagerly anticipated bodybuilding spectacle, Sechele said he is working on overall body conditioning. In recent years, Sechele’s ripped and statuesque physique has won him numerous awards including Mr Botswana (2009, 2011, 2012). In 2014, Sechele came 3rd overall in the lightweight division at the GNC Pump Mr Universe Contest in Seoul, South Korea. He managed to secure 4th in Dublin, Ireland and another 4th place during the National Amateur Body Building Association (NABBA) World Fitness Federation Championships held Cypress. Some of Sechele’s sponsors include BLM Electrical, Mail Equip, Bokone Reticulation and Electrical Services, BH Botswana and Golden Silence Investments.

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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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