Korfball Association Joins BNOC Family

| May 25, 2015

Korfball Association Botswana (KAB) has finally been accepted as Botswana National Olympic Committee (BNOC) affiliate.

KAB’s affiliation was okayed at the BNOC ordinary general assembly in Gaborone Saturday May 23. In an interview, KAB president, Botlhe Mogapelwa was happy that his association has become part of the BNOC family.

They also affiliate to the International Korfball Federation which is a member of Association of Recognised International Sports Federations (ARISF).

That, Mogapelwa said meant the Korfball IOC endeavors were being realised to have korfball included in the International Olympic Committee (IOC) calendar in the long run.

“Our national association has also built fruitful relations with sport governing bodies through this affiliation, it is such a great pleasure and memorable moment to have seen the association to affiliation from its inception as its president. We as such hope that our requested training and accreditation for International Alliance for Youth Sport will be fulfilled with the assistance of BNOC,” he said.

Mogapelwa said they so far have seven teams which went through training during a coaching clinic in March last year. The teams, he added are scarcely spread countrywide from Hukuntsi, Kasane, Mochudi, Molepolole, Gaborone and Kasane,excluding 2008 and 2011 set-up teams.

As part of the activities and since inception, Mogapelwa said they have participated in the IKF year of youth tournament held in Zimbabwe in 2013. They have also sent referees and coaches for training in Pretoria, South Africa in 2013 and also level one training in 2011.

He added that one of their referees, Moemedi Ramona had officiated at the Zambia Games in 2014.

“With BNOC’s assistance, we will be better placed to adopt the athlete’s development initiatives or programmes to better enhance our technical delegate panel referees, jury members and coaches,” he said.

KAB was set up in 2008 and affiliated with the Botswana National Sports Council in July 2013. It affiliated with the International Korfball Federation in 2008 and a year later, Mogapelwa said he pioneered the setting up of the African Continental Korfball Federation and Zone Six Korfball Federation with Malawian, South African, Zimbabwean and Zambian korfball presidents or delegates.

He explained that the continental federation was duly recognised by the African Union for Sport Council (AUSC) in February 2013, and that, he said was part of their BNSC affiliation case.

He further explained that the continental federations recognition ensured their inclusion in continental competitions as such bridging the gap between the international federation and national association.

Mogapelwa was elected KAB president as well as African Continental Korfball Federation developing officer for Africa in 2014 in Zambia. He is the International Alliance for Youth Sport Botswana ambassador, hence the relation forged, he said would permit the association to utilise resources and programmes availed by IAYS for korfball grassroot development.

Korfball is a sport similar to basketball and netball and has a mixed gender league and an all-women league but no men’s league. It is played by two teams of eight players each with either all females or four female and four male players.

The ball is thrown through a bottomless basket mounted on a 3.5 metre pole. It is currently played in 60 countries, with only four from Africa.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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