Mmegi Online :: Snubbed Malesu resurfaces at swimming
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Tuesday 20 November 2018, 13:46 pm.
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Snubbed Malesu resurfaces at swimming

After a snub by the Botswana Karate Association (BOKA), Ookeditse Malesu, a former top karate official has resurfaced at Botswana Swimming Sport Association (BSSA) in an unexpected turn of events.
By Staff Writer Tue 20 Nov 2018, 20:31 pm (GMT +2)
Mmegi Online :: Snubbed Malesu resurfaces at swimming








The former BOKA president is now the Botswana Swimming Sport Association (BSSA) vice chairman. Many who know Malesu as a karate person were shocked on Saturday to see him represent swimming at the Botswana National Sports Council (BNSC) Annual General Meeting (AGM). Some of the delegates branded him 'a karateka in a swimming pool'.

Malesu is the husband to the past immediate BNSC chairperson, Dorcas Makgato-Malesu.

Early this year, Malesu was at the centre of controversy after he broke away from the Shukokai karate style to form his own club. It is not clear what has happened to the club now that he is a high ranking swimming official. 

Early this year, Shukokai was suspended from BOKA because of the infighting caused by Malesu. It all started when chief instructor Socca Moruakgomo handed control of the style to Malesu because he wanted to focus on other things. BOKA spokesperson Moses Moloi told Mmegi Sport that after gaining control, Malesu decided to change everything about the style, including the constitution, without the knowledge of his predecessor. A dispute ensued when Moruakgomo realised what was going on. The two failed to reconcile and BOKA suspended the style.

Moloi explained then that both Malesu and Moruakgomo were at fault. Moruakgomo handed over the style unconstitutionally, while the changes brought by Malesu were illegal. After the suspension of Shukokai, Malesu formed his own style called the Shitoryu-Shukokai, which BOKA refused to register. One of the reasons BOKA gave for snubbing Malesu is that the style is not

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a member of the world karate governing body. After holding senior positions in karate, the BOKA decision rendered Malesu a nobody in sport until he crossed over to swimming. 

BOKA has reacted with shock to the news that its former president is now an official in swimming.

Moloi said BOKA does not have anything to do with Malesu as his karate style is not their affiliate. However, Moloi maintains that Malesu hould have notified them of his departure to swimming for professional reasons. "However, it should be noted that he was not obliged to do so," Moloi added.

In response Malesu said he has been a swimmer from a young age and does not see anything wrong with his move to BSSA. He said he has no business with BOKA hence he does not owe them any explanation about his movement. He declined to shed light on what is happening at his newly formed karate club.

He refused to say how long he has been with swimming and when he was voted to the position of vice chairman. "Our secretary general will soon release a press statement concerning this issue," he said.

BSSA vice secretary general, Tshepo Dipatane said there is nothing wrong with Malesu being the vice chairman of the association. He said Malesu was voted to the position in April after being nominated by his club the Dolphins of Botswana Defence Force (BDF).

Dipatane said the association does not have any business with what Malesu has done at BOKA.

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