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Thursday 28 May 2015, 18:00 pm.
Reikeletseng defends taking Games to F/town

Botswana National Sports Council (BNSC) chairperson, Solly Reikeletseng has said that they will not compromise sports development just because there are transport and accommodation challenges in some areas.
By Staff Writer Sat 30 May 2015, 00:12 am (GMT +2)
Mmegi Online :: Reikeletseng defends taking Games to F/town








Reikeletseng was responding to a question from the media on whether Francistown was ready to host this year's Botswana Games.There was concern that the previous games held in Gaborone faced challenges amongst them transport and accommodation and that Francistown could face even more serious problems. However, the BNSC chairperson said they want to accelerate sports development. He said if they do not host the event at different areas, they would be running the risk of starving those areas. He said they would use boarding schools, teachers training colleges and other institutions in and around Franistown for accommodation.

He said some of these facilities are within 20 and 40 kilometres radius of the city. He mentioned international sporting events like the Olympics as some of the events where athletes and officials could stay about 100 kilometres away from the venue of the games. The games will be held from December 8 to 15 for the first time outside Gaborone. They started in 2009 and are held every two years. He said 13 codes have confirmed that they will take part at this year's event. The codes are athletics, athletics for disabled people, basketball, boxing, badminton, chess, tennis, karate, football, netball, swimming, softball and volleyball.

There have been concerns that the Botswana Games, which cost about P6 million, was a total waste of resources and money since the affiliates have their own systems in place for developing players and officials. Reikeletseng however, explained that the games are not for developing players and identifying talent, but rather a test phase for both athletes and officials. "These games are not meant to teach a young footballer how to kick a ball or a referee how to blow a whistle. It is where we assess our readiness for big events," he added.

A delegation from the BNSC is said to have visited Francistown last month to assess the feasibility of hosting the games. "Two meetings have been held with the authorities of the city with a view to soliciting the buy-in and confirmation to host the event. We await final confirmation by the city authorities on their readiness to host these games," Reikeletseng further explained.



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