Doping Serious Matter – Kgosietsile

| May 26, 2015

Botswana National Olympic Committee (BNOC) president, Negroes Kgosietsile has encouraged affiliates to take issues of doping in sport seriously.

“The issue of doping in sport is one we can only ignore to our own peril. With the recent cycling and athletics scandals, surveillance has heightened and sanctions have become steeper. Besides that, we all want clean sport and therefore are duty bound to ensure the doping scourge does not afflict our athletes,” Kgosietsile said at the BNOC ordinary general assembly in Gaborone Saturday.

By now, he said affiliates would be aware that the national star, Amantle Montsho was serving a two-year ban to end in August next year.

“Clearly no one wished that upon her, but as we would all agree, the law had to take its course. We are convinced she will come out of this a ger person and will be willing to guide other athletes not to face a similar challenge to hers,” he added.

Notwithstanding, Kgosietsile noted that Botswana had managed to maintain her complaint status with respect to the World Anti-Doping Code.

He further indicated that Botswana was not among countries at the recent World Anti-Doping Agency Foundation Board meeting, of which Minister of Youth, Sport and Culture, Thapelo Olopeng, is a member, six countries were declared non-complaint and Botswana was not among them.

“We therefore would like to thank you for your individual and collective efforts in the fight against doping in sport. Of course we need not rest on our laurels, but continue working towards clean sport in Botswana,” he said.

In other issues, Kgosietsile also aised members to work as a team in order for them deliver their mandate.

Further, he aised them to adhere to principles of good governance which he said would in turn enable them to attract sponsors.

“That is because we are fundraisers and as such must make sure that we put our houses and not give the media bad news. Sponsors do not want to be associated with mediocre,” he said.

He added that adhering to good governance would also help members avoid having Botswana sport in turmoil.

Kgosietsile also told the assembly that discussions around the Botswana National Sport Commission (BNSC) Act had been resuscitated.

As such, he challenged the BNOC chief executive officer, Tuelo Serufho to engage members to be proactive and ensure that they complied with the Act in order to avoid suspension.

He also encouraged members to be ‘quality volunteers’ saying they should make it a principle not to be involved in sport for personal gains but to ensure that they delivered on their mandates as sport leadership.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Sports

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