BNOC boss urge journalists to be patriotic

Kgosietsile (left) hands over certificate to Kealeboga Molebatsi a recipient of the training. PIC KAGISO ONKATSWITSE
Kgosietsile (left) hands over certificate to Kealeboga Molebatsi a recipient of the training. PIC KAGISO ONKATSWITSE

Botswana National Olympic Committee (BNOC) president, Negros Kgosietsile has urged local journalists to show patriotism by reporting positively about the upcoming African Youth Games.

Speaking during the closing ceremony of the basketball coaches’ level one training course held at BNOC offices, he said positive stories could assist Botswana in getting another opportunity to host other big sporting events in future. He stated that the stories could give local journalists exposure. Kgosietsile told those who attended the training that the time has come for Botswana to start winning medals at international competitions. He said the graduating coaches should give BNOC mileage by implementing what they have been taught. He advised the coaches to utilise the Botswana Long Term Athlete Development programme for talent identification. He said the programme gives coaches a chance to groom children from a young age, by letting them experiment with different sporting codes and subsequently deciding which one to focus on. 

“We do not want you to disappear after training because we expect you to proceed to level two and end up being professional coaches. We want to attract quality volunteers and that can only happen if we have good governance,” said Kgosietsile.

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