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Limping BAAs NEC sets AGM date

LIMPING: BAA President Moses Bantsi

The limping Botswana Athletics Association (BAA) National Executive committee this week unanimously agreed to set June as the perfect date to assemble for their Annual General Meeting which could have been held two months back.

The NEC meeting which was attended just three people, the President, Moses Bantsi, Secretary General Legojane Kebaitse, and the spokesperson Roland Masalila from the NEC was to look primarily at the issue of the AGM which has caused uproar within the athletics corridors. The meeting was however held in the absence of some key committee members like VP administration Glody Dube.  

Chaired by president Bantsi, the gathering at the end saw it fit to stage the meeting in June, though the affiliates were yet to give the top brass thumbs up for the assembly.

Immediately after setting the date, reluctant clubs were telephonically contacted and convinced that the AGM will be held in June. Out of 32 BAA affiliates, only two have responded in writing that the executive can go ahead with the meeting while the spirit of militancy and reluctance was prevailing among others who refused to put it in writing.

“BAA can confirm that a date will be set in June for the AGM which will discuss a number of issues including the state of athletics,” Masalila, the spokesperson told this publication on Thursday.

There is a disgruntled group within BAA who point an accusing finger to the committee for failing to comply with the association’s constitution as the AGM is constitutionally expected in February or end of March latest. Their disdain for this misconduct saw them pushing the NEC back when they had to stage the meeting last month lamenting short notice. “True they called us about the meeting and we just have to accept because we have a lot that we want to deliberate on at the meeting so we are waiting for the precise date to assemble,” Orapa Athletics Kenneth Kikwe confirmed the developments.

Significance of the meeting cannot be understated as it is the first of the year since they met last year October. “We can’t just sit down but to organize the meeting because it is platform for the congress,” Masalila continued to say, “We thought of making it a Special General Meeting but then it will limit us to few items on the agenda unlike the AGM which will be wide and allow everyone a chance to deliberate on everything besieging them.”

The affiliates have also in the past called for the AGM since it had been overdue. Among key issues that are expected to be addressed at the meeting is the sports city project which, by far, could be at roofing stage according to the last year’s promise from the President Bantsi. Again the constitutional amendment to facilitate the restructuring exercise within the BAA offices is to be thoroughly discussed.

The affiliates will be eager to know how far the association has gone in addressing the issue as the Secretary General Kebaitse, had been tasked with revising it since last October to pave way for the much awaited CEO to spearhead the commercialization route which is said to have been forwarded to both IAAF and BNSC.

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BAD WEEK FOR MANCHESTER CITY

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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