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BNOC wants P800m for 2020 Olympics

Botswana National Olympic Committee (BNOC) needs at least P800million to properly prepare the team for the forthcoming 2020 Olympic Games in the Japanese commercial capital of Tokyo and achieve a satisfactory number of medals.

BNOC chief executive officer (CEO) Tuelo Serufho made this revelation recently in an interview with WeekendSport while on a countrywide tour with the team that represented the country at the just ended 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

TeamBW, which comprised of the celebrated duo of Nijel Amos and Isaac Makwala alongside the emerging Karabo Sibanda, dismally failed to secure a single medal at the just ended summer games in Brazil.

The target was two medals out of the twelve athletes who represented the country to add on the achievement and a rare feat that Amos accomplished in 2012 at the London Olympics. However, nothing came through the Botswana way.

The athletes’ failure riled a number of sports followers in the country. Some took to the social media platforms, mostly Facebook, blasting the athletes for not doing enough at the just ended summer games and fail to win a single medal.

But Serufho has defended the boys and games saying the athletes stood tall at the games. Though no medal was won, Serufho told this publication that the athletes broke records at the just ended 31st edition of the Olympic Games.

And with more focus on preparations for the forthcoming Olympics Games in Tokyo, Serufho remains confident that Botswana has got abundant talent as well as the caricature to take international competitors head on.

So, what needs to be done for the local athletes to build the courage and skit to challenge and conquer international competitors? For Serufho, the answer is very simple and it is investing more on preparations.

Serufho said it would not be easy to raise the money but the governing body would depend on regular funders like the government and persuade more private sector players to consider partnering with BNOC.

According to Serufho, the amount needed for athletes’ support programmes “just pale into insignificance when compared with what the United Kingdom (UK) did for London (Olympics) in supporting (their) athletes.”

“For us to be in the same league with the rest of the world, we need at P200million per year in the build up to the 2020 Olympics Games,” said Serufho in an exclusive interview with WeekendPost in Francistown recently.

According to UK Sport, Team Great Britain received about £264 million (P4.2 billion) for their 541 athletes who scooped 65 medals at the London Olympics. It remained a secret as to how much the local athletes received for the same event and for the Rio edition.

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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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Finally, sponsors jerk BFA

30th January 2023

With many being of the view that the state of football in Botswana has deteriorated significantly as it is no longer appealing to the business community, this was a good week for the football community. The Botswana Football Association (BFA) leadership under the stewardship of MacLean Letshwiti secured sponsorship for a combined value of P19. 3 million for the FA Cup competition and the First Division league – both South and North.

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