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Businessman calls for improved sports facilities

FRANCISTOWN: Teachers have been urged to fight for better sporting facilities if the country is to make a mark in international sports.
By James Kgosi Tue 04 Nov 2014, 14:27 pm (GMT +2)
Mmegi Online :: Businessman calls for improved sports facilities








Officiating at the Botswana Integrated Sports Association (BISA) north zone sports awards held at Adansonia Hotel over the weekend, businessman, Tiro Seloma, said the state of sports facilities at schools leaves a lot to be desired.  He said in their current state, the facilities do not support meaningful sporting activities, which can assist to unearth talent at grassroots level.

Seloma said although sport is a money spinning industry, the relevant authorities are not doing much to construct proper facilities.

He said it is important to enhance sports in schools and make it equal to other disciplines in the curriculum. “School sporting facilities are in a deplorable state, a development that does not augur well for sports development. The notion of taking sports as an extracurricular activity in schools should be stopped and sports should be placed where it belongs by putting it at par with academic activities. It should be time tabled and a rigorous training plan

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put in place. Athletes should be motivated and it starts with ideal training facilities,” he said.

Seloma said it is important that companies come on board to support sports development in the country. He said that time is ripe to legislate for corporate social responsibility with companies sponsoring sports exempted from paying tax.

The zone organiser, Modiri Mokobela said they face numerous challenges, chief among them, lack of playing facilities and transport. He said despite the challenges, the zone performed well in athletics and the junior and senior secondary schools ball games. He credited the success to their sponsors, Line Feed and KBL Francistown, which motivated athletes.

In the awards, Christine Botlogetswe of Letlhakane Senior Secondary School and Gorata Gabankitse of Orapa Junior Secondary School were the stars of the night. Botlogetswe was crowned the female athlete of the year while Gabankitse was tops in the male category. Excelling coaches were rewarded for their efforts.

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