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Bowls not for expatriates - BBA

SELEBI-PHIKWE: Botswana Bowling Association (BBA) spokesperson, John Gaborutwe has refuted allegations that bowling in Botswana is dominated by expatriates. Gaborutwe said the allegations about the BBA membership and citizenship status were ill-informed, not researched and utterly misleading.
By Staff Writer Thu 11 Feb 2016, 14:56 pm (GMT +2)
Mmegi Online :: Bowls not for expatriates - BBA








He argued that the association's mission is to promote the game of bowls, which by its nature, is all-inclusive sport. "Bowls is a unique sport which is able to cater for the physically challenged athletes such as the blind and the wheelchair-bound players," he said.Gaborutwe revealed that BBA records indicate that 60 percent of bowlers in Botswana, who are registered with BBA and World Bowls Federation, are citizens.

He explained that Francistown Bowls Club has 41 bowlers, 19 women and 22 are men, 13 are citizens and the remaining 28 are non-citizens.Gaborone Bowls Cub has 19 bowlers, seven women and 12 men with eight

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being citizens. Jwaneng club has 21 bowlers, eight women and 13 men, all of them being citizens. Orapa club has 15 bowlers, six women and nine men of which 10 are citizens. Phikwe club has 24 bowlers, 11 women and 13 men and 20 of them are citizens.Gaborutwe went on to say that the association is ready to register Wheelchair-bound bowlers because the facilities they have are accessible to the physically challenged. He stated that the association appreciates and recognizes the value that non-citizens athletes bring to the sport and they form part of the bowling community in the country.

 

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