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New chapter for Botswana volleyball

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The recent conclusion of a five-day international beach volleyball coaches course in Gaborone heralded a new chapter for the country’s sport as the Botswana Volleyball Federation (BVF) aims to have staged a beach volleyball competition by close of year.

The Volleyball Your Way (VBYW) course that was conducted by the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) was only a part of a grand plan to see beach volleyball grace the expanse of the country. Traditionally played along ocean beaches in several coastal cities and towns around the world, beach volleyball has over the past few years been introduced even in land-locked countries where the sand used on the court is often imported from countries with beach fronts.

Botswana is the latest in Africa to consider bringing in the sport after other nations such as Egypt, Tunisia, South Africa and Namibia have been active in the sport for years. Without the benefit of the course last year, Botswana tested the waters by sending two teams of four players to participate in the Rio 2016 Olympic qualifiers in Mozambique, but were eliminated early by their more experienced opponents. It is against this background that the BVF applied for the coaches course in order to get it right from the grassroots.

The 22 coaches from BVF affiliates as well as primary, secondary and tertiary schools who successfully completed the course were challenged to ensure that Botswana hits the ground running in the sport to surpass the achievements of the indoor teams that have shown growth over the years. Botswana National Sports Commission’s (BNSC) Technical Sports Development Director Bobby Gaseitsewe told the graduating coaches: “Botswana volleyball has shown growth at regional and continental level as evidenced by the recent senior national women’s team that for the first time beat Tunisia in the Olympic qualifiers to finish at number five on the continent. I challenge you to use your knowledge to develop players who will surpass the achievements at indoor volleyball.”

Gaseitsewe, who was speaking at the coaches’ course closing ceremony, also challenged the volleyball body to ensure qualification of Botswana to the next Africa Games’ beach volleyball, where they should clinch a medal. He implored the coaches to exercise caution with the advent of beach volleyball as there exists a likelihood of divided attention that could lead to lowered standards. “All of you are fully involved in indoor volleyball and as such I would encourage you to find a balance between the two and not compromise the other one,” he said.

The same concern was raised by BVF President Daniel Molaodi who feared the possibility of talent exodus to beach volleyball which he said was relatively cheaper to run. On the flip side however, he said the sport offered a more realistic chance for Botswana to qualify for the Olympics. Already, the BVF has engaged a number of corporate entities with a view to get sponsorship for tournaments.

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Heelang, hands off journalists!

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In our last edition, we touched on athletes who need to be media savvy, however it appears the vaccine needs to be administered on sports leaders too.

There is a highly contagious disease spreading rapidly in the sports space with those in power having a wrong perception of owning the media or somehow entitled to publicity. Such people want to literally dictate what should be broadcast or published, fa ba bata go go nyantshetsa o utwa gotwe, write and send back so I crosscheck.

That equals disrespecting and undermining a journalist to the lowest level; it is more like wanting to teach a scribe how to do their work. If you are in a wrong profession at your respected workplace, please kindly send in your Curriculum Vitae (CV) to newsrooms, you might land that Editor- In Chief position. Then there are those who will make scribes feel like they signed a death warrant, why did you not cover my event? You are not reliable; you are only good at chasing certain individuals. Heelang! Stop crucifying journalists, they do not owe anyone anything and realistically speaking cannot cover everything to please all.

Oops and there are those who never want anything bad or controversial associated with their name. They start off as bosom buddies, discussing ‘non offensive’ issues and once in a while a compliment thrown their way. Once the dark days come knocking and gears are changed, suddenly the same journalist ke moloi wa meno a 4 mo ganong. Really now? So, all along the witch was not visible and now that the tables have turned and it hurts like never before, things have become clearer? Perhaps, you forget what the real job of a scribe is? You cannot befriend a journalist my friends, if you do, then something is seriously wrong! Expect the good together with the bitter taste of unwanted publicity.

There is also a time when the scribes are labelled bomma dijo le bo Rradijo. To an extent that you even emphasize that there will be food at your events, so the more the merrier! I agree, generally only a few can say NO to free food but it becomes a bit untidy when you put a food price tag to your events. Ga re gane, there are some colleagues with a huge appetite and they are not even shy about it but isn’t it that there are people like that all over.

Le re tshabisa go ja, please! Another trend, initially good but now disturbing is that of organisations spoiling some rotten journalists by travelling with them to certain places, all expenses fully paid for. This includes food, accommodation and transportation. Things then become cozy when a drink or two is thrown in, nice but at what expense? Is it out of good will or tantamount to bribery?

Some associations tend to confuse it all with rubbing off bad publicity. Kgantele e nna, ao laitaka, o lebala o robetse ko Cresta Hotel ke go reketse biri? A guilty conscience then kicks in and stories are shelved. It is only a few that manage to look beyond the fancy trips and royal treatment and uphold journalism principles. Better you spoil journalists but without undue expectations, accept both the bad and the good coming your way.

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Abidal punches ticket to TS Galaxy

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Township Rollers’s defensive Midfielder Gape ‘Abidal’ Mohutsiwa has confirmed that he will be plying his trade at South African based TS Galaxy next season.

This follows rife speculation that Mohutsiwa’s deal with Galaxy might have somehow fallen off. The strong suspicions came about last week when the national first division side communicated the team’s new signings. Local based players of Mosha Gaolaolwe, Thero Setsile and Ezekiel Morake were mentioned in the list and Mohutsiwa’s name was suspiciously omitted. As if that was not enough, the team went on to show off pictures of the trio signing contracts with the team management but still no mention of Mohutsiwa.

Speaking to Sun Sport this week, Mohutsiwa explained that he had seen the communication but made nothing from it. “I am still going because even my work permit is ready, all is well and there is no need to panic,” he said.

The 22-year-old pointed out that TS Galaxy had informed that they will communicate dates to join them in South Africa. He is expecting their call anytime after completing the season this coming weekend.

“I also saw those pictures with the management and its is not like they signed the contracts last week. I suspect that they were just appreciating the performance made by my fellow colleagues Morake and Setsile during the COSAFA championships staged in Durban South Africa,” said Mohutsiwa.

The young Abidal as he is well known is convinced that the TS Galaxy management was just ‘boasting’ about the kind of talent they are bringing to their team. “I did not perform to the best of my ability during COSAFA championships but I cannot say they were neglecting me, I am actually fine with it,” he said.

Mohutsiwa added that as young as he is, he believes that he has a lot to offer and the intention is not to return home in a year or so. He has been signed for three years and the expectation is that he completes his term and perhaps find other lucrative deals out there.

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