BAA wants Grand Prix cancelled

Court battle: Dube at the Gaborone High Court. PIC: KENNEDY RAMOKONE
Court battle: Dube at the Gaborone High Court. PIC: KENNEDY RAMOKONE

The Botswana Athletics Association (BAA) has urged world governing body, World Athletics to cancel the Botswana Golden Prix scheduled for April 14.

This follows this week's developments where the Gaborone High Court granted an interdict halting preparations for the Grand Prix. The applicant, Golden Door Sports Agency took the matter to court after the Botswana National Sport Commission (BNSC) granted the rights to organise the event to the Botswana Athletics Association (BAA). The BAA, the BNSC, American company, Rwag Group, World Athletics are cited as respondents and so are the BNSC chief executive officer, Tuelo Serufho, the BAA president, Moses Bantsi and Rwag sports consultant, Robert Wagner.

But yesterday, the BAA, reacting to the court developments, wrote to World Athletics urging them to cancel this year's edition. "BAA and BNSC were willing to proceed with the event as scheduled, however due to circumstances, we are hamstrung to do so. Even if we are successful on April 5 (when the matter is concluded in court), it would be very late to execute the event on April 14th considering the preparations necessary to successfully host a world class event," BAA president, Moses Bantsi said in the letter addressed to World Athletics' chief executive officer.

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