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Orange marathon to ignite Phikwe


The long-awaited Orange Selibe Phikwe marathon billed for 14 September 2019 will take place as scheduled, the Marathon organizers have revealed.

The company which also sponsors the famous FA cup has confirmed that they have even renewed the marathon sponsorship to make it more exciting come the month of September. 
The sponsorship has been renewed at a tune of P660 000 for three years in an alignment with the company’s business strategy to nurture local talent. Lepata Mafa Nthumole, the Orange Botswana Director Legal and Corporate Affairs stated that the Orange Phikwe national marathon is a highly anticipated annual event with a rich history.

‘The marathon shines a spotlight on the town of Selibe Phikwe and it creates an atmosphere of excitement for the people of the town. It also offers great support and opportunities for the many local businesses directly and indirectly involved with the event,” he said. “As Orange Botswana, this does not only represent our commitment to sports development in Botswana but also our unwavering support to the residents of Phikwe and surrounding communities. This occasion brings renewed hope and energy at a time when the residents need it most following closure of the mines. Through this marathon we hope to instill a strong sense of unity through community, as we all come together for health and wellness,” he further highlighted.

He also stated that the national marathon is accredited by the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) and it is expected to attract both international and local runners, professionals and amateurs alike. “We believe that platforms such as the Marathon will create opportunities for our local talented athletes, enabling them to truly harness their skills and talents to them in their career and onto international stages following the likes of star athletes like Nijel Amos and Nijel Amos,” he said.
 

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The Forward 3.0 funds – to be accessed by all 54 CAF members for the next four years have seen an increase of USD 2 million compared to Forward 2.0 cycle and Forward 1.0 cycle when the programme was launched.

According to FIFA President Gianni Infantino, the third cycle of the programme will be launched this month and it will dedicate more financial resources than before to developing football nations as there is an overall increase of approximately 30% compared to Forward 2.0.

“It is vital that we are now strengthening our commitment to building a stronger foundation for the growth of football,” Infantino noted.

The 62 page report by FIFA-Forward-Development-Programme-Forward-3-0-regulations also reveals that for travel and equipment, each member association, subject to compliance with the regulations, will receive an additional USD 1 million to cover the cost of travel and accommodation for their national teams. It further states that the remaining funds may be used to cover the cost of travel and accommodation for domestic competitions organized by the member associations.

“A contribution of up to USD 200,000 for the four-year cycle (2023-2026) to cover the cost of any football equipment related to the training of players and organization of matches (e.g. full kits for the national teams, balls, mini goals, bibs, substitution boards and referees’ communication systems) for those member associations that are identified as needing the most assistance,” the report indicated.

FIFA President, Infantino and his team said the member association is identified as needing the most assistance, for the purpose of the contributions, where their annual revenues (excluding Forward Programme funds as well as funds from any other FIFA programme/ initiative) do not exceed USD 4 million as the figure shall be reflected in the latest annual statutory audit report submitted to the FIFA general secretariat within six months after the closing of the relevant financial year.

Nevertheless, the contributions for travel will be released in four equal installments of USD 250,000 each in January every year, whilst those for equipment will be released in four equal installments of USD 50,000 each in January every year provided that the member association has fulfilled the conditions.

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The report further says where a member association uses funds allocated for specific projects to improve or build new football infrastructure for its direct benefit or for the benefit of another entity (e.g. regional associations or clubs), the member association shall also provide, as part of the supporting documents, the FIFA general secretariat with the relevant national land registry certificate or extract confirming that the member association or the other entity is the owner of the land or the agreements confirming the donation, transfer or other form of provision to, or use of land by the association.

When contacted for comment, local sports analyst, Jimmy George said; “Ours is more a lack of vision, than money to finance programs. Regrettably when you lack vision not even USD 8 million can bail you out. Its pity the funds might be used to pay for the past projects that have yielded very little success.”

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