ACHAP Botswana today (Saturday) came on board to partner and sponsor a two-day chess tournament to the tune of P23, 725.
The partnership which included a donation of 100 t-shirts from Cally Clothing entailed a workshop for sports leaders in Botswana aimed at empowering them together with their colleagues and families with health tips.
Speaking at the workshop earlier this morning, Botswana Chess Federation (BCF) Tshenolo Maruatona said chess was a game that has a number of benefits as it cultivates ones’ thinking capability.
He revealed that locally most chess players do well academically and have gone on to do well in their lives, with most taking up careers in medicine and engineering and adhering to healthy lifestyles.
“So this partnership with ACHAP is important because it is not money orientated like our day to day sponsorships where we get the money and use it for the tournament.
In this partnership we get to give back to the communities we live in and share free health education in an effort to reduce HIV infection in sports and public,” he stated.
Maruatona added that, “Sports is a game of masses and should be taken advantage of as a vehicle to relaying live saving messages.”
He noted that as the chess federation they have broken away from routine play and have taken a deliberate stand that every tournament winner has to adopt a school or a disadvantaged group and assist them the best way possible.
When facilitating the workshop which ran concurrently with the tournament, ACHAP’s Executive Officer Frank Mwangemi, noted that ever since former President Festus Mogae facilitated their existence in the early 2000, Botswana has been able to implement the most successful treatment programme in the public sector.
“As things stand now out of 350 infected people, 240 or 98% are on treatment. With the help of doctors that ACHAP brought from all over we have been able to successfully treat HIV/AIDS and reduce death rate, but are still faced with prevention,” outlined the doctor.
Mwangemi reminded that when an athlete gets the virus, it’s no longer a personal issue but affects their partner, family, community and the nation at large and can possibly affect their performance if not given adequate counseling.
He further applauded women for stepping up during pregnancies to test, as this has helped Botswana efforts to eliminate mother to child transmission.
“Most people are ignorant to the fact that when they start taking pills it is an economic mortgage, as it affects other development since the government has to foot your bill.
Tomorrow we complain about potholes and bad roads yet the money has been routed to HIV/AIDS medication,” he said.