Sport Developments Needs More Funds

| December 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

Botswana Integrated Sports Association (BISA) president, Joshua Gaotlhobogwe has implored private companies to sponsor development of sports in the country.

Officiating at the table tennis premier league awards in Gaborone over the weekend, Gaotlhobogwe said sports development in the country was hampered by lack of enough sponsorship. He also encouraged sports associations to build partnerships with other institutions to nurture athletes.

He was happy that BISA and Botswana Table Tennis Association (BTTA) continued to enjoy cordial working relationships as far as table tennis development in the country was concerned.

The partnership, he said, had helped BISA to organise the most successful table tennis finals this year. He noted that during the event, players used high standard equipment including expensive table tennis mats while highly qualified officials handled the games.

That, he added, demonstrated their quest to build partnerships to nurture future stars through organised school sport.

Among BTTA achievements this year was training of over 15 level one ITTF coaches, over 21 international umpires and four basic referees. The association also managed to win medals at the zone six regional competitions.

One of their players, Tshepiso Rebatenne won a bronze medal in the ladies singles at a highly competitive regional tournament in South Africa for the first time in the history of BTTA.

BTTA secretary general, Bolokang Pema applauded all who had played a role for the success of the awards. Despite achievements, he said shortage of funds and lack of training facilities remained some of the major challenges.

Pema said the fund raising committee was however working tirelessly to address some of the challenges. Kganetso Tlhalerwa said the awards were sponsored by Celiat Building Construction and Plant Hire as a way of promoting talent. Tlhalerwa also said they would continue playing a role in sports development.

Meanwhile, Boitshwarelo Butale and Bonolo Mabote were crowned 2014 league champions in the ladies and men table tennis premier league championships respectively. Each walked away with P5000, a gold medal and a trophy.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Sports

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