Botswana Games on Upward Trend

| April 9, 2015

North West District Council (NWDC) has been called upon to support sports development in the district.

Botswana National Sports Commission (BNSC) senior sports development officer, Malebogo Raditladi, said the district was well known for producing athletes who raised the country’s flag high internationally.

Addressing the North West District councillors recently, Raditladi said games that were meant to unearth the talented athletes from 16 districts throughout the country were growing in leaps and bounds.

The idea of Botswana Games were conceptualised in 2005 by Botswana National Sports Commission to have a national multi-sport event that will be utilised to prepare young Batswana athletes aged 19 and under for international multi-sport competitions that include the SCSA Zone VI under 20 Youth Games, All Africa Games, Commonwealth Games and the Olympic Games.

The games are a biennial event in which athletes who represent their respective districts would compete in a variety of sporting codes.

She appealed to the districts to prepare their teams ahead of time to improve the quality of participants, hence the need for councils to budget for such activities.

Raditladi said BNSC budget was inadequate to carry out all the activities hence the need to augment their efforts towards the success of the event. “In other countries, mayors and councillors give a great support towards sport development by using it as a stepping stone towards community involvement,” she added.

Raditladi stated that the council could partner with the business community more so that their region is a tourism destination and it would be easy to come together and see how best they could assist the team from Ngamiland.

She said by so doing, the athletes would market the business community, the region and country at large. She said Botswana Games is one of the world largest sport events noting that it is more like hosting Commonwealth Games or Olympic Games.

Raditladi said Maun is blessed to have a sport complex and urged the civic leaders to ensure the facility does not remain a white elephant. She also observed that it was crucial to review the games with the district so that they could share ideas for improvement.

She stressed on the need for parents to apply for their children’s birth certificates, saying they were the main identity during competitions since passports were only needed at later stages.

In addition, she said participant residence was also essential because the idea was for the players to participate where they stayed to avoid transport costs while travelling for training sessions.

Commenting, councillors praised BNSC for coming up with “a good initiative” of nurturing and developing talent.

They requested BNSC to construct sports facilities in rural areas like Shakawe where most athletes come from.

They said most of the time children in remote areas are overlooked and left out while those from urban areas get exposure.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Sports

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