Softball technical director stands by decision

World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) African senior women softball qualifiers Local organising committee holding a brief meeting PIC: KENNEDY RAMOKONE
World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) African senior women softball qualifiers Local organising committee holding a brief meeting PIC: KENNEDY RAMOKONE

World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) African senior women softball qualifiers technical director, Tebogo Vincent Maonge has stood by his decision to stop the tournament prematurely on Friday afternoon.

The games were stopped before the much anticipated grand finale between Botswana and South Africa was played. Maonge told Sport Monitor that it was a tough tournament scheduled for four days, double round robin, from there going to page system. He said the information was cascaded to team managers on the format that was going to be played. “The format was agreed during our technical meetings. It was a tough tournament with the weather. In softball rules, if we have major disruption such as rain, we sit down to decide if a match can proceed or not. We agreed that if we play a single round robin and the weather does not permit us, we have a qualifier because we will have positions one, two and three,” he said.

Maonge explained that if they completed double round robin, the results of the double round robin will be the results of the qualifiers. If they could not finish page system, its results could not be considered. He said if the page system was finished, it was going to be the results of the games scheduled for four days and it was going to be the results of the African senior women qualifiers. When asked why countries were surprised that the tournament ended prematurely, Maonge said as tournament director, he spoke to team managers and teams might be surprised due to the message that was cascaded down to the teams. “For me everything was transparent. I spoke to managers when there were changes. It was a consensuses that was reached and we never had problems,” he said.

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