Future sports stars will battle it out in Serowe until Saturday in the Botswana Primary Schools Sporting Association (BOPSSA) 2015 ball sports finals despite internal hiccups.

Although he was happy about the support they have enjoyed from sponsors, the association’s president, Busang Sigweni complained about problems within the structures.

He said there were some individuals who acted like they own the association. “They do things how they feel like and we have to wait for them to retire before there is progress. A child fainted of hunger because someone wanted to give the children food at their own time,” lamented Sigweni.

Before launching the event, education assistant minister, Master Goya said physical education modules are designed to give the children fundamental skills in different sporting codes. “When this subject is taught properly coaches will not have much problems in refining skills of players.

“Sports can play a vital role in facilitating our national dream of diversifying our economy. Already the exploits and heroic performance of our renowned athletes on the international stage have clearly demonstrated to all and sundry that sports pays,” he said.

Goya turned to the kids and urged them to strike a good balance between sports and academic work.

He admitted that public schools are not performing well and urged all to come together to tackle the challenge.

Six sporting codes including, athletics, football, cricket, volleyball and netball will compete in various venues which include the Serowe stadium, Serowe College of Education and Miscellaneous grounds.

The games started yesterday with a game between the Central region and the Ghanzi region.

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