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Blame-game ensues over Thebe debacle

Botswana Athletics Association (BAA) has maintained that due process was followed in attending to Baboloki Thebe’s injury. The 400m runner who was injured last month has in recent media reports cried foul over neglect by athletics body.

Thebe suffered a tear in one of his left quadriceps while representing the country in the 400X400m relay semi-finals at the World Championships. Despite being a high profile athlete, Thebe had said was left high and dry following his injury. Early this week, Thebe jetted off to Italy with his manager, Federico Rosa for medical attention-a development BAA claimed ignorance to. According to BAA, a medical report was submitted to Botswana National Sports Commission (BNSC) for the athlete to be assessed by doctors after he returned from the World Champs, Thebe however is said to have not complied with instructions issued.

The 20 year old athlete, according to BAA, evaded Bokamoso Private Hospital doctors after the BNSC doctors referred him there for further medical attention. WeekendSport has been informed that BAA had done all the necessary ground work for the athlete to get medical assistance. “A medical report was submitted to BNSC from the World Champs and his order was given thumbs up, as far as we know, the athlete was supposed to be assessed by BNSC doctors, so we don’t know how he fled to Italy,” a source from BAA said.

The BNSC cleared the athlete to be assessed by commission doctors who then referred the runner to Bokamoso Private Hospital, but he never went. However, according to a source, a team manager at the World Championships Moses Raphutshe was supposed to ensure that Thebe honoured the referral. “Yes he is at fault, that’s his responsibility he was supposed to do some follow-ups not just to assume that the athlete would go there,” said a source.

Meanwhile, Raphutshe had this to say, “Thebe was called on numerous times to see BNSC doctors but he didn’t. We couldn’t physical force him because we were home sick hence we used phones to remind him but he never.”  BAA will reprimand Thebe for washing their dirty linen in public.  “He is still growing but we will have to engage him on how and what to say to the media. Senior athletes like Amantle Montsho know how to engage with us, not just blurting things out publicly like he did,” said the source.

The source, who preferred anonymity, further conceded that the situation could have easily been controlled and the trouble avoided. He said the BAA had learnt from the ordeal and would in future ensure the mistakes are not repeated. He was of the view that meaningful engagement was necessary so that the association does not in future lose athletes and to protect their health. Thebe was previously quoted in media reports as saying; “I went there to compete for my country and this is how they thank me, it is really painful and frustrating. If this thing continues in future I will end up choosing races and it will be me before anything else”.

According to BAA, athletes receive medical attention from BNSC in the event they suffer an injury, while representing the country at the “World Champs, World relays, Olympics and other senior competitions, save for the Diamond league and other meets.”

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6th February 2023

After falling to close the gap on Arsenal by losing to a record breaking goal by Kane at the Tottenham stadium.Manchester City now find themselves being charged by the Premier League with more than 100 breaches of its financial rules following a four-year investigation.

According to BBC , it has referred the club to an independent commission over alleged rule breaches between 2009 and 2018 , and also that Man-city has not been co-operating since the investigation which started in 2018 .

BBC further states that The commission can impose punishment including a fine , points deduction and expelling the club from the Premier league.

The alleged breaches include ,  breaching rules for requiring full details of manager remuneration,from 2009-2010, to 2012-2013 seasons when Roberto Mancini was in charge . Also player remuneration between 2010-2011 and 2015-2016.

The Premier league stated that City breached rules related to UEFA regulations , including Financial Fair Play , from 2013-2014 to 2017-2018 ,as well as Premier League rules on profitability and sustainability from 2014-2016 to 2017-2018

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Mason Greenwood attempted rape charges dropped

2nd February 2023

Charges of attempted rape and assault have been dropped against Manchester United footballer Mason Greenwood who was arrested in January 2022 after the allegations emerged.

The 21-year-old was arrested in January last year amid allegations surrounding images and videos that emerged online.

He was later charged with attempted rape, controlling and coercive behaviour and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

The Crown Prosecution Service said the charges were discontinued after a key witness withdrew their involvement.

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Raphael Varane announces retirement from international football after 10 years of service.

2nd February 2023

The Manchester United defender will now focus on his club career having made 93 caps for France, appearing at three world cups and on European championship. The Les Bleus won the World cup in 2018 and Raphael Varane started all but one of France’s matches in Qatar as they finished as runners up to Argentina

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