The unavailability of the National stadium and the closure of the Lobatse stadium is of great concern to the Botswana National Sports Council. Giving a Chairman’s report Solly Reikeletse expressed his disappointment with the way the issue of the National stadium is being handled.
“This issue is really worrying for me because it is a commercial loss to the affiliates especially to Botswana Football Association,” he said. Reikeletseng further said they don’t know when the Lobatse stadium will be ready for use as no information has been availed to them.
“The same applies to the Francistown stadium and I also blame us for not exerting pressure on the government to speed up the completion of these facilities,” he said. The BNSC Chief said sports in Botswana has grown tremendously as witnessed by the willingness of companies to partner with different sports codes. During the elections all the board members retained their positions with landslide victories with treasure Boitshoko Tsiane and additional member Ookeditse Malesu defeating their rivals David Kanjii and Mapula Keaiketse by 26 to four votes respectively.
The closely contested position was for the Deputy Chairperson which saw Professor Martin Mokgwathi defeating Dabilani Buthali by seventeen votes to thirteen. Earlier on when opening the elective congress the Minister of Sports and Culture Shaw Kgathi said he was worried by some sporting codes which are not supporting the Schools of Excellence. He castigated some codes who complain that some facilities are not of international standards.
“I was the Director of Sports and Recreation when these facilities were built and we consulted all the relevant sporting codes. I am surprised that now they want to turn around and say they do not meet international standards,” fired Kgathi.
Kgathi urged BNSC affiliates to spread their wings when identifying talent. “Athletes are proving you wrong because most of them come from places where there are no sporting facilities or schools of excellence,” he added.