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BCF revels in lap of success



The Botswana Chess Federation (BCF) calendar is undoubtedly imprinted in the country’s sports arena following a successful 2015 season.

“We have successfully handed the calendar for the year 2015 and we are happy to report that it was a huge success,” said BCF president Tshenolo Maruatona at the association’s Annual General Meeting in Tlokweng over the weekend. Addressing BCF affiliates, an elated Maruatona said, “Our calendar catered for various stakeholder groups and this has seen the federation hold events almost every weekend.”

“The Metropolitan chess championships and the Debswana Botswana Open remain the biggest tournaments in our chess calendar. In the year 2015, we have seen successful execution of these events.” Maruatona said the level of play and competitiveness has improved drastically and the BCF continues to unearth new talent in the country through such events.

“The Botswana Chess Open championships continue to attract players from the neighbouring African countries. This has gone a long way in inspiring our local players to raise the bar in defending the pride of the country”. Moreover, Maruatona said Botswana Chess continues to compete in a number of events in Africa and the rest of the world, adding that this is key in measuring themselves against international competition.

On the chess administration front, Maruatona said they continue to recognise the importance of building capacity amongst the personnel. “I am happy to point out that we have seen an increase in the number of officials who have been accorded recognition mostly by the world chess body.” Maruatona said the association held an Arbiters’ training Seminar last year where 17 of its locals were awarded Arbiter norms. “This number adds to other existing arbiters that the federation has trained over the past years.”

“I wish to point out that there is still a lot that needs to be done in increasing the numbers of fide trained arbiters in Botswana. We are cognisant of the financial constraints of hiring a FIDE accredited trainer to run the courses locally, but it remains our resolute endeavour to find affordable ways of conducting the training sessions in Botswana.”

Over the past year Maruatona said they have seen keen interest by continental event organisers in engaging our local administrators to partake in their events. “Notably Tshepiso Lopang and Vincent Masole have been actively involved in a number of events around Africa as arbiters. On the follow up, Mr Masole will be an arbiter at this year’s chess Olympiad in Baku, Azerbaijan.”

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Heelang, hands off journalists!



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




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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