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Karatekas drag BOKA to Tshekedi

Botswana Karate Association (BOKA) National team coach Christopher Ponatshego is facing possible interrogation from the Minister of Youth Empowerment Sports and Culture Development Tshekedi Khama amid nepotism and favouritism claims.

Information presented to this publication shows an association deeply saddened by the manner in which national team for next month’s Zone 6 competition is being made. “The coach continues to try and manipulate our team Kata to include his preferred athletes who did not go through the selection process as is the norm in BOKA,” states a letter from Botswana Hayashi-Ha Karate union Chief Instructor to BOKA President.

A letter from Hayashi-Ha was a follow up to another letter by some parents who also lamented unfairness in karate national team selection. The parents together with the athletes are so fed up such that they even contemplate seeking redress from Khama.  “It is very unfair if you look at the way things are done. It is not fair and we want the minister to know about this because this is a perennial occurrence and since his door is always open he might assist us,” said one fed up parent who preferred anonymity.

“We spend a lot of money on these children to prepare for national team selections. They love this sport and their country, but for them to win and not be picked is injustice that we cannot live with again,” read a letter from the concerned parents. In 2017 according to Hayashi Ha, the same thing happened with BOKA leadership preferring to push the matter under carpet. Botswana National Sports Commission (BNSC) is also reported to be dragging legs in resolving this issue.

“Male senior team Kata was dropped from the team without proper justification. This move was a way to pave for Tlotlang Ponatshego to do as many events as possible at the Zone 6 tournament and give him a lot of chance to win,” states the letter. “Having gone through the national selection like everyone, this year athlete (name known by the publication) who is the 2018 Africa silver medallist who also scoped  second position at the national team trials, has again been dropped from the team and replaced by Tlotlang Ponatshego,”

 “Having gone through national selection like everyone, this year male kata which was won by (Names known by the publication) was dropped again just like they did in 2017, by coach Christopher Ponatshego and has being replaced with his younger brother Tlotlang Pontshego’s, a team which sat at their homes and didn’t bother to take part in the national team selection in 2019,” states the letter. When contacted for a comment, national team coach Christopher Ponatshego said BOKA set targets for the number of athletes who went for 2017 games.

“The reason why the said athlete (names known by publication) was not selected is because he only competes in one style and as a result I choose Tlotlang since he can do two styles and he won 5 medals from those championships,” he shared. Ponatshego said as for this year, Dan Otlhomile who is under 75kg category was selected because he won the national team selection.  He further said each and every year the national team is dissolved and selections are done every year to provide equal opportunity to all the karateka’s.

“As for this year’s selections only two teams took part being Team Kata and Team Goju-Kai and as a results of low turn up by the teams, we took it as demonstrations,” he alluded. He further said they will send a team to the Beach games which will take place at Morocco in June and the male team comprise of Ofentse Bakwadi, Thebe Dina and Dan Otlhomile while the women’s team includes Entle, Sandy Kgosikoma and Thato Malunga.

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Finally, sponsors jerk BFA

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