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BBA cries foul over BNSC’s courts decision

CALISTUS KOLANTSHO
Basketball association is not happy with the BNSC ruling PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO
Botswana Basketball Association (BBA) has lost a battle it has been fighting with player, Barrows Churchill over the use of basketball courts at Extension 12.

The matter has been dragging before the Botswana National Sport Commission (BNSC) and this week it was brought before the Minister of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development, Tshekedi Khama.

According to sources, BNSC had long signed a lease in Barrows favor while the case was dragging on. Churchill is said to be using the courts to run his own basketball business. BBA president, Boineelo Hardy said they want to know why BNSC decided to hand over the courts to an individual.

“It is difficult for me as a leader to imagine why they decided to do that. I would also like to understand from them, why they did that because as an association we do not have a home for basketball,” she said.

Hardy said they do not have a venue where national teams train, nor to play the domestic league.

She said in order for the BBA to have any activity they

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have to pay private entities such as private schools (Maru-A-Pula and Rainbow).

Hardy said she was much interested to find out what informed BNSC’s decision, when they know BBA’s position. She said it was key to understand because maybe they have a vision that BBA is not part of. “Maybe they see what we do not see,” she added.

Contacted for comment, Churchill told Mmegi Sport that the meeting was held behind closed doors and it would be unfair to be discussed in public.

Churchill said due process was followed when the lease was granted.

“The matter is not yet concluded and we expect it to be finalised next week. The minister did not just take that decision alone.

Remember that land belongs to Gaborone City Council (GCC) and it has been leased to BNSC,” he said.

BNSC chief executive officer, Falcon Sedimo had not responded to Mmegi Sport enquiries at press time.



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