Tlhaselo juggles between volleyball and disability sport

Dual role: Tlhaselo. PIC:PHATSIMO KAPENG
Dual role: Tlhaselo. PIC:PHATSIMO KAPENG

The Botswana Volleyball Federation (BVF) administrator, Mpho 'Joe-Brown' Tlhaselo who is also involved with the South East Sports Association for the Disabled (SESAD) has no qualms with juggling between the two roles.

The SESAD is an organisation that seeks to provide opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in sport. Eyebrows from other sports officials were raised when Tlhaselo, who is BVF media relations and marketing officer, was spotted at the Malebogo Max Foundation Games in Gaborone, where he was actively involved in the touchline as a coach for the SESAD wheelchair basketball team that eventually finished third in the tournament. Mmegi Sport has established the disability sport organisation that serves communities in the South Eastern region of the country and based in Ramotswa, appointed Tlhaselo as its sports coordinator through a partnership with his sports development academy, Dynamites. The academy is known in volleyball to have unearthed and produced talented players who have played for both junior and senior national teams.

When asked how he juggles between the two sports bodies, the BVF and the SESAD, Tlhaselo said it was not a big deal. He told Mmegi Sport that he did not see the appointment as a big deal as he was only helping the disadvantaged sportspersons near his homestead, Ramotswa, while volleyball activities were equally being organised by the committee without any hindrance. “I reside in Ramotswa and I am a passionate sportsperson. So when some officers at the Ramotswa District Council sought my assistance for the sports people with disabilities in the area, I was more than willing to help, only later to find out that they even had their sports grounds not far from my home. I have been their friend since, no big deal,” he said. Tlhaselo said SESAD is not even a sports body at the level of BVF but just a community organisation. The SESAD chairperson, Martin Motlhabe confirmed that they were working with Tlhaselo.

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