PTIA games set for Friday


The Private Tertiary Institution Association (PTIA) will host their 7th championships on Friday and Saturday where teams will compete in football, volleyball, badminton, table tennis, basketball and tennis.

The tertiary institutions that will be competing are ABM University College, Ba Isago College, Botho University, Gaborone Institute of Professional Studies, Imperial School of Business, New Era College and Limkokwing University. The associations president, Keorapetse Setlhare said this year’s games would be held under the theme: Building future leaders through sports.

Addressing a press conference on Tuesday, Setlhare said as institutions of higher learning, they believe that sport plays a vital role in preparing athletes to be better leaders.

He said PTIA was formed in 2009 with the mandate of administering sports in private tertiary institutions.

“The reason was to create opportunity for tertiary institutions to participate in sports as they didn’t participate in other platforms like Botswana Tertiary Students Sports Association,” he said.

Setlhare said compared to government institutions, private institution students have less access to sports facilities. He said there were hardly any resources in the form of coaches. Despite the challenges, the president said they have achieved a lot through hard work.

The mayor of Gaborone, Kagiso Thutlwe applauded the association for having not despaired despite the challenges they faced.

“Sports have many challenges. During our time we also had our own hiccups and it was never easy for us to be provided with resources, but I was under a government institution.

I believe the challenges are more for you,” he said. Thutlwe encouraged private institutions to continue supporting each other for them to survive in sports.