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Where is the AYG legacy?

Every time Botswana hosts major events there is one thing that is always preached by the powers that be, legacy.

Ever since the 2017 Under-21 Netball World Cup, the word legacy has not been far from most people’s lips. However, this has always proven to be a pie in the sky as only few events have delivered on the expounded legacy. The big question now is: after this country hosted the big event – last year’s Africa Youth Games (AYG) – where is the legacy of hosting the African Youth Olympics?  

Following the historical hosting of the games a lot of things were made as part of the legacy and new sports that were never played here before emerged. Sadly some of the codes created last year for the games are not as active as one would have anticipated. Triathlon, Canoeing and Rowing, for instance, have died a natural if not sudden death after the 2014 showpiece.
Weekendsport had a brief interview with the Botswana National Olympic Committee (BNOC) CEO Tuelo Serufho to give an update on those codes, and lack of water emerged as the main reason.

“Unfortunately there is no water in Gaborone and these codes are not yet spread all over the country, so if there is no water here we have a big problem. If resources permit we will make sure that we take this sport to areas where there is an abundance of water,” the confident Chief said.

The BNOC which has been under financial stress of P3 million from the last year’s African multisport games, is adamant that they will resuscitate the lifeless codes next year but only if funds will allow. “As you know we have been struggling with a big debt, so hopefully next year will take them to areas like Letsibogo or Shashe where there is water as our efforts to keep the fire burning,” promised Serufho.

Meanwhile, the CEO highlighted that they are not folding their arms, but they are doing something to keep those sporting codes active pending securing of funds in their next financial year.
He said they are trying by all means to secure funds and already ‘we have sent some athletes to North Africa at a high performance centre to enhance themselves’.

“Just recently we managed to send a team to North Africa to train, unfortunately because of lack of water in the dam (Gaborone) there is no continuity, something which people could take as a bad idea.”

As for triathlon the CEO said they are there it’s only that they don’t conduct as many activities as the much established codes, hence the silence.

As sweats and energies by the BNOC continues to see those codes reaching high levels, they have managed to assist them to pay their international affiliation. Again there are some officers who are keeping an eye on those codes and Serufho praised the Yatch association, which he said is also giving them much assistance.

In the same codes that were created for the AYG, Botswana failed to secure medals from any of them, something which raised doubts as to whether Batswana are interested in water sport.

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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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