Excelling BAA to get CEO

Amantle Montsho
Amantle Montsho

The excelling Botswana Athletics Association (BAA) will get due reward for its efforts with the creation of a chief executive officer’s post.

The Botswana National Sports Council (BNSC) chairperson, Solly Reikeletseng said plans to appoint a CEO at the athletics body are at an advanced stage.  “We are in discussion with the BAA to hire a CEO.

The BAA president (Moses Bantsi) has given us the job description and an appointment would be made soon,” he said.  The BNSC will feel renewed pressure to revise its coded empowerment plan, which determines the share of the government grant to national codes. This comes after athletics proved for the umpteenth time that it can deliver on the biggest stage with Isaac Makwala breaking a continental record. Reikeletseng said they are code affiliates.  “It’s a tier system with the (sporting) code on tier one being football, which is played nationally and requires more resources. You will find boxing, volleyball and athletics in tier two because of their performance. Other disciplines like chess have obviously moved up the tier due to their (good) performance,” he said.

The chairperson said codes high up the tier are usually prioritised when resources are allocated.

Reikeletseng also said they are in the process of reviewing the empowerment plan as some codes have moved up the tier. “However, we are waiting for the implementation of the Botswana National Sports Commission (BNSC),” he said.  The new Commission was gazetted on July 1 and should come into effect soon. Reikeletseng agrees to a stratified system of funding to prioritise excelling disciplines.

“In Jamaica athletics (because of its good performance) is placed under the office of the president. It makes budgeting easier. (Former BNSC chairperson, Boyce) Sebetela once tried to introduce the system of targeted funding. He however met a lot of resistance. But I believe we should go that route,” he said.

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