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Botswana Chess Federation (BCF) could just be the best administered sport code currently. While other sporting codes are regressing due to internal wrangling, BCF is well ahead of them. The code is the first Botswana National Sports Commission (BNSC) affiliate to release their 2017 calendar of events.

The calendar of events which was released late last year as a draft has received good reception from the sporting fraternity. The Chess Federation has walked their talk of adhering to good governance as per their 2015 strategic map. The calendar of events will work in favour of the federation as it will likely lure sponsors to the sport. Meanwhile, BNSC will also be pleased by the step as it (BNSC) has decried non-compliance by members.

However, the most anticipated event in the calendar is the annual awards ceremony, billed for December 16. The awards, which are eagerly awaited, have been in the pipeline for some time now. The annual awards which are yet to find sponsors are expected to be a platform for chess players to get the recognition which will eventually pay dividends at the competitive BNSC awards.

“We believe that our stakeholders’ need a bit of a guide on how the upcoming year will be like, that is why we always release our calendar for the New Year before the year ends. This also helps our local clubs in coming up with dates for their events guide by our draft,” said BCF media liaison Keenese Katisenge. She further added that, they sit down at the beginning of each new year to finalise the calendar; incorporating the feedback from various stakeholders.

Another highlight in the chess board this year is their annual general meeting which will be punctuated by elections. It will be another interesting twist to see how the pendulum will oscillate as the current Tshepo Maruatona’s regime has been handling the office without hiccups. However, there could be challengers within the chess divide more so after the uproar that ensued last year at the AGM over the controversial financial presentations.

The calendar of events has been tailored in such a way that the federation will have events every month building up to the annual awards at the end of the year. On the international scene, Botswana will host the African Zone 4.3 Individual Chess championship billed for April. The event aims to continue the good run displayed by the young chess team in Zambia last month as  Botswana has been doing well in the Zonal battles.

Some of the players that competed in Zambia will also represent this nation at Romania in the World School Championships. BCF will send four players who notched gold medals at Zambia in the Africa Schools Individual Chess Championship. Atang Mosweu, Lone Moshoboro, Besa Masaiti and Londani Tamulha are also expecting their FIDE titles to be approved this year in May. It will again host the African Women Chess Challenge in August.

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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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