All roads will be lead to Molepolole on Sunday 10th November for the village’s athletics’ club 10th anniversary celebrations which will be combined with a Botswana Athletics Association (BAA) sanctioned ladies race.
It is anticipated that female athletes from other athletics clubs as well as from schools across the country will attend in large numbers where they are expected to outwit each other to win lucrative prizes.
The unique and rare ladies race is in line with the intentions of the 1994 Brighton Declaration of women and sport which Botswana signed.
The declaration calls for equality in society and sport regarding facilities, education, leadership, information and research, policies and fair allocation of resources amongst both male and females.
When speaking to Voice Sport the MMA (Molepolole Athletics Association)’s Chairperson and founder Stroh Giel said they we are quite pleased with their achievements. He said since the club’s formation in 2003 they have been successfully organizing and holding competitive races as well as identifying and developing youngsters into reputable athletes.
Notable ones include Kefilwe Galeitsiwe who has represented the nation at various elite international competitions such as the World Youth Championships.
“The male dominated and cultural stereotyped society we live on often focus more on male athletes in sport and we found it fit as a club to correct that by annually holding this competition in order to strategically support the challenged and disadvantaged female athletes who often lack the opportunities which their male counterparts enjoys,” said Giel.
Giel however lamented lack of sponsorships towards his club’s activities.
“The race does not have a title sponsor; however a number of individual companies have contributed some funds which will cover prize money.
Bank of Baroda sponsored the event with P5000, BK wholesalers gave P3000 and Indus Health Pty Ltd contributing P2000.”
“We will be giving out great prizes and the senior category winner will be rewarded with P1000 and second and third finalists obtaining P700 and P500 respectively and they will be also great prizes for the other categories” said Giel.
Botswana Athletics Association Secretary General Gilbert Keakantse praised MAA’s dedication to sports development.
“This is a unique race in our calendar as it specifically caters for our female athletes and also goes a long way in recognizing women in sport and I call on females to attend in large numbers” said Keakantse.
The race is expected to attract a number of national team athletes such as the youthful duo of Mosa Badubi and Kefilwe Galeitsiwe as well as seasoned athletes including the consistent performer in long distance races Onkemetse Selotate.
The race is billed to start at the Mafenyatlala Shopping Complex near Super Spar and the registration of P50 per athlete will take place on the 9th of November between 2pm and 5pm and on the race day 10th November registration will be from 6am to 6.45am with the race starting at 7am.