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BNSC, BNOC set to reconcile

The Botswana National Sports Council (BNSC) and Botswana National Olympic Committee (BNOC) have been forced to put their differences aside and convene to harmonize their relations for the benefit of the sports sector.

Observers believe this move has come at the right time as the issue of discrediting each other and the ploys to win the hearts and minds of the affiliates has finally hit the last nerves and members are sick and tired of it.

The differences were highlighted recently at the BNOC Annual General Assembly (AGA) at which the two parties were urged to harmonize their affairs.

“It seems like you and the BNSC are fighting because of various projects you are engaged on, so we plead with you to harmonize your relations especially developmental programmes,’’ Botswana Tennis Association, Secretary General Boikobo Gaolebalwe advised.

According to the affiliates, the projects of the two sporting bodies are the same and they should be administered by only one body just like what is currently happening in South Africa.

The projects in question are the BNSC’s Elite Scholarship, Zebra Funding and the Reba Bona Ha programme, compared to BNOC’s Olympic Solidarity program and Botswana Long Term Athlete Development Plan (BLTAD).

From all the programmes it has surfaced that the Zebra Fund and the grassroots initiative of Reba Bona Ha of the BNSC, is a replica of the Olympic Solidarity (OS) programme and BLTAD.

In an interview with WeekendSport this week, the BNOC CEO Tuelo Serufho admitted that this should be rectified soon more especially that the principles are the same.

“Principles are more like the same, and we held that discussion as BNOC because we want to create that harmony between the programmes. We are waiting for the last meeting where the two entities (BNSC & BNOC) will sit down to see how to harmonize the relations.”

The Zebra athletes’ fund whose objective is to assist identified groups of athletes with special training programmes to enhance their potential before international events, preaches the same thing as the OS programme. However, it should be emphasised that the OS is funded by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Its main purpose is to give additional support to the national Olympic committee by sponsoring athletes to high performance centres around the word.

The likes of Nigel Amos and Isaac Makwala have been sponsored through this programme to train for next year’s Olympic Games in Brazil. Nonetheless, the affiliates want the two entities to see how best they can fuse them despite the other being funded by IOC.  

Affiliates further argue that the Reba bona ha programme and the BLTAD should be merged to form a solid developmental project that will nurture future talent in sports.

However just like the OS, the BLTAD is also funded by IOC while Reba bona ha is sponsored by Debswana Mining Company. A staggering P2138167 has been used for both, albeit with Re Ba Bona Ha contributing a chunk in that expenditure but with minimal benefits.

The BLTAD like Serufho says is a national project which recognizes special talent that should be developed to create a well-rounded athlete as it does not encourage specialization at a young age but enjoyment of sport so they identify their strength in various codes.

Efforts to get feedback from the BNSC proved futile as the Head of technical, Bobby Gaseitsewe is currently in Francistown for the Botswana Games.

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