Deaf sports body demands autonomy

Deaf athletes are equally capable.
Deaf athletes are equally capable.

Botswana Deaf Sports Federation (BDSF) wants to be recognised as a separate body from the Paralympic Association of Botswana (PASSOBO).

The call comes in the wake of BDSF’s struggle to secure funding to compete at the inaugural Africa Deaf Athletics Championship (ADAC) slated for Kenya in September.

BDSF is an affiliate of PASSOBO, but now wants autonomy. BDSF president, Shirley Keoagile told Mmegi Sport that it has been a struggle for them to get assistance from the government. She argued that as a member of PASSOBO, they have never benefitted financially from the association.

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