Team Botswana in Congo (Botswana Daily News)

| September 1, 2015

Minister of Youth, Sport and Culture, Thapelo Olopeng says there is need to move with speed towards professionalising sport in Botswana.

Speaking at the African Games team send-off ceremony recently, Olopeng said as part of the process to professionalise sport, government has established the Botswana National Sport Commission (BNSC) following transformation from the then Botswana National Sports Council.

The sport commission, he said, is charged with the responsibility of elevating the standard of sport development, as well as ensuring that more athletes participate in international sport competitions.

Olopeng further said his ministry would ensure that athletes get adequate support, appreciation and are protected. A total of 140 athletes from Botswana, representing 13 different sporting codes, will compete at the African Games.

Olopeng expressed confidence that the team, comprising young as well as experienced athletes, will make its mark at the African Games.

I appreciate the amount of preparations you made for the past several months both locally and externally, he said.

BNSC chairperson, Solly Reikeletseng said the commission was going to work hard to ensure improved support of athletes.

Addressing athletes, he said: you have to go there and deliver and make sure you reach your target. Sport is now talking about accountability. We have to account for the tax payers’ money, the money and resources do not come easy.

He further said the time was nigh for athletes to build a case for sport by becoming successful adding that the leadership had played its part by ensuring that preparations were up to standard.

The games will take place from September 2-19 and Botswana has sent a formidable side from different sporting codes, amongst them athletics, boxing, karate, swimming, volleyball, tennis, taekwondo, weight-lifting, badminton, table tennis, cycling and judo.

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