Table tennis a beacon of hope

Leading the change: Motswagole 
PIC: KENNEDY RAMOKONE
Leading the change: Motswagole PIC: KENNEDY RAMOKONE

Most sport codes are constantly marred in controversy with the Botswana National Sport Commission (BNSC) receiving complaints from disgruntled affiliates all the time. Power struggles in sport have reached boiling point.

However, all is not lost as some codes such as Botswana Table Tennis Association (BTTA) are like stars shining in the dark. At the beginning of the current financial year, the BTTA was promoted under the tier system, whereby sport codes are allocated funds according to their performance. The association has been promoted from tier four to tier two. The association continues to prove that they are a beacon of hope among the chaotic instability sweeping across sport. BTTA president, Kudzanani Motswagole and the executive committee were given the mandate to transform table tennis from amateur level to the semi-professional level in 2019.

Motswagole said the stability that reigns at the BTTA is teamwork between the executive committee, clubs and players. He said teamwork and hard work are the recipes for stability in the association. He said being viewed in a positive light by the sport leadership is a motivation. The BTTA has an established player ranking system that will be extended to the BTTA youth team. Players are ranked according to their performance and these ranking results are published after every tournament. “We have managed to turn around the association and improve our governance issues. We currently use e-commerce in our registrations and awarding of prizes. We no longer carry cash and that is an achievement. Every month we host a tournament, which has minimum prize money of P3,000 and that is enough for one to survive. That has worked for us tremendously,” he said.

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