Former national team 400 m runners and current Botswana Athletics Association (BAA) Vice President, Glody Dube has not tendered his resignation with the Association yet.
Dube had threatened to resign early November following disagreements within the BAA leadership. Instead, the former 400m kinpin has chosen to keep both BAA and the nation guessing on is next move. He has a love and hate relationship with the BAA. However, some within BAA have said they were never fooled from the beginning. They say that they knew that Dube was only bluffing when he threatened to resign.
In an interview with this publication, Dube confirmed his intentions to quit BAA pointing out ‘sabotage’ by BAA top brass as his main reason. “I will have to move on and leave the association to push my event because it seems if I am inside the committee the project is not smooth sailing,” he said. By then the controversy was surrounding the decision by BAA to halt Dube’s annual Sports View International Meet.
After making this statement, the Matshelagabedi born runner came out again at the association’s AGA where he told the affiliates about his resignation which was met by ululations from the delegates. “I don’t want to be conflicted while in office I want to focus on my athletics project, I will submit my resignation letter before end of this week,” he said on the 2nd of November after the AGA. Dube has now back tracked and is defending himself his actions.
The actions by Dube who is renowned for being the first athlete to qualify for the 400m finals at the 2000 Sidney held Olympics, has confirmed the words that “politics is the only art whose artists regularly disown their masterpieces”. In an interview this week to follow on his resignation threat, Dube said, “Remember I put that before the delegates to decide and they pleaded with me to remain heading the portfolio hence I am still here.” Engaged further on the matter, Dube said, “but just relax, very soon I will drop the letter of my resignation. I still have to formalize everything, kana when you resign you don’t just leave but there are things that you ought to do,” he said on Wednesday afternoon failing to expound on which “things” he meant.
Some say Dube’s outbursts on threatening to resign were pure adrenalin. They are of the view that the office is attractive to Dube and he still has tasks to complete. BAA has recently signed a new deal with Nike and is expected to benefit financially – officials could not disclose the figures to this paper. Besides, as the custodians of athletes who are being backed by Nike on individual capacities, the association gets a share. IAAF also puts P1.5m plus the BNSC annual grants (P1.1m) and some affiliates are concerned that the money is never ploughed back into athletics raising further eyebrows as to where the money goes.
For his part, Dube has been pressurised by the affiliates for failing the technical wing of the association by failing to host competitions and upgrading coaches as well as hosting developmental clinics. “The declaration that he was resigning was just a gimmick looking for sympathy from us and when we said that we were happy because he has been failing us he was virtually disappointed,” one delegate attending the meeting said. Dube was said to have taken an LCD TV’s belonging to the association under the pretext that he will pay for them, which hasn’t done yet.
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