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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 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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BFA will not declare the season null and void – yet

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Amidst wide spreading fears that Botswana’s top flight league might be canceled and considered null and void because of the crippling Covid-19 pandemic, the Botswana Football Association (BFA) has yet to make a determination on the matter and has in fact ruled out scrapping off the season altogether.

Local football observers and pundits alike have already started talking of the possibilities after similar considerations of nullifying their seasons were made in the leagues of other countries especially in Europe.  No football activity has taken place in the country since social distancing measures were imposed to avoid the spread of the corona virus.

Local football pundit Fabian Zulu is one of those who believe there is a likelihood the football season will be nullified. “If the current situation persists, then there is a high possibility of declaring the league null and void. This situation wasn’t planned, no one knew that by now we would be facing this kind of situation; so the possibility is very high.

However, in an interview this week, BFA spokesperson Tumo Mpatane said the association has not considered canceling and nullifying the season as an option yet, adding that “currently we are observing a period of extreme social distancing, the ministry  of health and wellness will obviously give advice on the possibility of getting back to football.”

Consequently the BFA still awaits the Ministry to declare that the risks of spreading the virus are reduced and come up with a contingency plan. “If the ministry says there is a reduced health risk we will play out the season; if they advise against it we will then see what steps to take. The health of our players is more important and we will be guided by the responsive authorities,” Mpatane remarked.

However, suspension or cancellation of the leagues across the world seems inevitable even as some European leagues, more specifically the English Premier League, are now contemplating a behind-closed-doors campaign to finish off the remaining matches.

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