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AMOS RECEIVES A BOOST

SPECIAL TALENT: Amos Botswana’s 400m Olympic Silver medalist Nijel Amos is the latest local athlete to benefit from the Olympic Solidarity Athlete Support grant. The scholarship covers both sports and academics. The release from Botswana National Olympic Committee says the grant will cover his welfare. BNOC was paying for his scholarship at FNB High Performance […]

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Men’s netball turn down date with women

Botswana Netball Association (BONA) President Tebogo Lebotse has vowed to challenge the affiliation of the envisaged men’s netball association with the Botswana National Sports Council (BNSC) and Botswana national Olympic Committee (BNOC).

Addressing BONA Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Palapye over the weekend, Lebotse said her association would challenge Botswana Men’s Netball Association (BOMNA) if it decides to affiliate with either BNSC or BNOC. “Once again, no association can be represented more than once in those two councils,” vowed BONA president.

According to her, forming a separate body for men’s netball would be the same as forming a competing organisation. Similarly, Lebotse said it would not be possible for BOMNA to affiliate to Africa Netball and the International Netball Federation (INF). Lebotse said the constitutions of both Africa Netball and INF clearly stipulate that there can be only one association representing netball in each of its affiliate countries. Botswana is an affiliate to both Africa Netball and INF. For that reason, she invited the envisaged men’s netball body to join the existing netball structures rather than forming a competing organisation. “Come and influence decisions and change from the inside. And together, we can find a way of co-existence,” she urged.

She said there was nothing stopping both male and female teams from affiliating with BONA. Lebotse said no men’s team has ever made an application for affiliation with BONA. In response, the interim BOMNA chairperson Oscar David insisted that men’s teams have on several occasions tried to affiliate with BONA but were turned down due to reasons best known to the BONA leadership.

David expressed shock as to why BONA is now welcoming the men’s teams to affiliate with them when they have been made to suffer for several years. “Why now!” exclaimed David. He added: “Just because we have intentions of registering our own federation. No ways. We are going ahead. And we are already at an advanced stage of affiliating.” BNOC Chief Executive Officer Tuelo Serufho said they could only accept one national federation of netball. He said the envisaged association could only be accepted if BONA no longer satisfied the requirements of affiliation with BNOC.

Efforts to get a comment from the BNSC chairperson Solly Reikeletseng drew a blank as his mobile phone rang unanswered.

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Boxing tourney decides best of the best

It is that time of the year again when young men get in the boxing ring and beat each other black and blue. These young pugilists are expected to leave it all in the ring in the name of glory and the hope of being crowned the best local amateur boxers in their divisions.

On Saturday and Sunday, the Botswana Boxing Association (BoBA) hosts the Best of the best flagship tournament at the Gaborone West hall to determine the crème dela crème of the sport. The tournament will also provide an opportunity to select the national team.

It provides a chance for established boxers like 52kg king Oteng Oteng the Africa flyweight champion and others to re-establish their grip in local boxing against up and coming pretenders. The eagerly anticipated tournament also provides the opportunity for upstarts like 19-year-old DTCB prodigy Kabelo Bagwasi to embarrass their more experienced counterparts. Speaking to Sun Sports this week, BoBA spokesperson Willoughby Kemoen said the tournament has no sponsors this year and the association will solely finance it from its own coffers.

However, Kemoen promised action to be galore, as the boxers would be outwitting and outpunching each other over the weekend. The rivalries in the ring have been heating up since interclub tournaments. The 49kg category has four boxers vying for the top spot following the departure of Bathusi Mogajane. The talented Mooketsi Lekgetho will face Olaotse Rannube while Oratile Kgalaeng will take Keoboka Motsebe of BMC in the two 49kg bouts.

The two 52kg bouts will see Oteng Oteng of Tsholofelo taking on Kelepile Onkarabile of BMC in what is expected to be a close fight. In another 52kg fight Marshall Mokgwaela takes on Tefo Rampudi of Tsholofelo boxing club. The 56kg division is expected to dish out most of the action as 2010 Commonwealth silver medalist Tirafalo Seoko takes on Boitumelo Taolo while veteran Alpheus Farmer will have his hands full with the much talked about Kabelo Bagwasi. In the 60kg division Kagiso Bagwasi takes on Tefo Letshigwane while Kabo Seitshiro takes on Godisamang Kebinamang.

In the 64kg division, Oratile Segokgo of DTCB takes on Gofaone Rabokhokho while Motlatsi Mokobeng takes on Ooketse Obeilwe. There will also be other fights in the heavier divisions of 69, 75 and 81kg.