BNOC President Praises Athletes

| May 28, 2015

Botswana National Olympic Committee (BNOC) president, Negroes Kgosietsile, has hailed athletes for continuing to raise Botswana flag high with great performances in international competitions.

Addressing a BNOC ordinary general assembly on May 23, Kgosietsile also applauded the women’s senior national volleyball team for qualifying for the All Africa Games.

The women’s team, which is receiving financial support from Olympic Solidarity, finished first in a regional tournament that was held in Gaborone recently while the men’s team did well too but finished second.

“Congratulations are in order to both teams and we do keep our fingers crossed that the women’s team will achieve the objective of qualifying for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games,” he said.

Should that happen, he said, it would be the first time Botswana is represented in a team sport at the Olympic Games, adding “of course this is excluding relay teams.”

On the other hand, Kgosietsile indicated that Rio 2016 Olympic Scholarship holder Isaak Makwala also needed special commendation for becoming the first individual athlete to qualify for the Rio Games.

“Of course the same should be extended to the men’s 4 x 400 metres relay team for also qualifying, ensuring that we already have a higher headcount of athletes to Rio than we did to London, with about 14 months of qualification period still remaining open.

He also said another beneficiary, Naomi Ruele had also performed impressively in Mauritius, and thus hopeful she would do even better times at the impending World Swimming Championships, and in the process qualify for Rio 2016.

Nevertheless, he congratulated all athletes that have done well in the year to date, across all sport. “We are proud of all of them.” In other issues, Kgosietsile said while May 22 (Friday) marked exactly one year from the date the 2nd Africa Youth Games kicked off, it was important to commemorate in some form or shape, such milestone in Botswana sport history.

He indicated that not only were they receiving overwhelming positive feedback on what was hailed a huge success by the international community, but the legacy of the games remained for all to see.

“If it were not because of the games, we would perhaps not have seen an international volleyball competition taking place at Ditshupo Hall, as it was through the games that a movable international standard surface was procured for them.

Equally, I doubt we would have won the two silver medals that we did last year at the Youth Olympic Games a performance that placed us fourth on the African Continent,” he said.

Examples, he said were many and as a result the Botswana Africa Youth Games Organising Committee (BAYGOC) and all stakeholders deserved a pat on the back for delivery of and performance at the games.

“I am aware that as national federations, we would have desired that some things were done differently. But as you will agree with me, we were delivering a project of that magnitude for the first time, and thus mistakes were bound to happen. Let us take those as experiences that will give us wisdom in future,” he said.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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