Challenges lie in wait for new sports minister

The new minister will find the regular irritants, which include reduced funding for most codes. PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO
The new minister will find the regular irritants, which include reduced funding for most codes. PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO

As the election storm dies down, normalcy is expected to return, even to the sports fields. The mad election season saw the departure of former Minister of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development (MYSC), Tshekedi Khama, with his deputy, Phillip Makgalemele taking over on an interim basis. Eyes of the sports fraternity will be on the victorious President, as to who they will pick for the sports ministry. Mmegi Sport Staff Writer, CALISTUS KOLANTSHO looks at the challenges facing the incoming minister

The incoming minister faces a litany of challenges that have continued to plague sports in recent years. The sports body, the Botswana National Sport Commission (BNSC) is battling its own demons, with a restructuring exercise likely to lead to job losses. Morale is low due to the uncertain future resulting from the restructuring.

With the appointment of a new sports minister just days away, Sports would hope for the best candidate. The new candidate has to deal with the matter of appointing the BNSC board. Critics argue the minister, a political appointee, should not handle the picking of the board, as the process is usually compromised.

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