TK rescues karate over hosting

Karate will proceed with the hosting of the UFAK tournament PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO
Karate will proceed with the hosting of the UFAK tournament PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO

The Minister of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development, Tshekedi Khama has come to the Botswana Karate Association’s (BOKA) rescue, after greenlighting their bid to host the 2019 Africa Karate Championship (UFAK).

BOKA was forced to appeal to the ministry, after the Botswana National Sport Commission (BNSC) turned down their request to host the continental tournament. BOKA was accused of failing to follow BNSC procedures on hosting. BOKA had also appointed a Local Organising Committee (LOC) before it could be approved by the BNSC board. The LOC has since been dissolved. A new LOC is expected to be in place before the end of February. BOKA president, Tshepho Bathai told Mmegi Sport that they had met Khama last week to lodge a complaint against BNSC’s decision to reject their request to host the competition.

“BNSC had rejected our request because they are unable to fund it. So, we met the minister last week Thursday to request him to intervene.  On Tuesday, we had a meeting at his office, which was attended by the permanent secretary, sport specialist and BNSC management,” he said.

Editor's Comment
CAF is a joke, but...

We are told of massive spin-offs for hosting countries, which we assume was the catalyst behind putting in the bid.We are not too sure if it is a one-size fits all, where any hosting nation reaps the benefits or it’s on a case-by-case basis.There are arguments from both ends, with hosting a sure way to accelerate infrastructure development and a guaranteed cash flow during the 30-days of the tournament.There is a bump in employment creation...

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