As the discussions around the review of the Botswana National Sport Commission (BNSC) Act gather pace, National Sport Associations (NSA) hold different views on how the process must be done.
Some feel that they should have been invited for a workshop to conduct the review instead of being requested to submit their concerns as individual NSAs, while others agree with the process of submitting comments.
Botswana Cycling Association (BCA) president, Mmetla Masire said NSAs should have been invited for a workshop for discussions instead of being asked to submit their comments as individuals. “We wonder which comments are going to be kept and which ones are going to be rejected. The review is long overdue, but the process cannot be done the way it is being conducted,” Masire said. He said the process should be done from two different angles being from the strategic and facilitation.
After the review process has been completed, it should be debated by Parliament. “It would be unfortunate if the review were taken to Parliament before NSAs are engaged.
We must be engaged together with other stakeholders before it can be tabled in Parliament,” he said. Botswana Table Tennis (BTTA) president, Kudzanani Motswagole said
“If it is individual codes, it is beneficial since it would increase the band in so far as numbers are concerned since it would mean not only presidents and secretary generals are involved but also the entire committee. A workshop of over 30 affiliates is not beneficial since even a weekend is not enough,” he said.
Meanwhile, Motswagole said it is a welcome development to review the act with an eye of athletes, officials and affiliates development.
Motswagole said he was sceptical about the roles of BNSC and Botswana National Olympic Committee (BNOC) and even the autonomy of the different bodies. “We cannot have two bodies serving two different mandates without grey areas. In most cases, they seem to clash in execution of roles and they should respect boundaries, which exist as per their establishment,” Motswagole said.
BNSC acting chief executive officer, Bobby Gaseitsiwe said they have communicated with NSAs through a circular, as has always been the case.