Sedimo admits racism in swimming

Racism claims have hit swimming PIC: KAGISO ONKATSWITSE
Racism claims have hit swimming PIC: KAGISO ONKATSWITSE

SELEBI-PHIKWE: Botswana National Sport Commission (BNSC) Chief Executive Officer, Falcon Sedimo says they cannot deny that there have been issues of racial discrimination in swimming.

He said, however, that from next year non-citizens will not be allowed to participate under the Botswana flag. Addressing a full Selebi-Phikwe Town Council meeting on Wednesday, Sedimo admitted racism in the sport. “It is new for swimming to get to an organised level and non-citizens have been accepted to participate under Botswana flag,” he said. He added that non-citizens do help develop the sport, but said they should not outnumber locals. However, he said those who have naturalised their citizenship do participate under the Botswana flag.

Sedimo was responding to a call by councillor Mmapula Matlhole for BNSC to seriously address issues of racial discrimination in sports especially swimming. She cited reports that the national swimming team to Mauritius was divided into two categories being; Team Botswana and Botswana Invited.

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