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BISA, BOPSSA plan merger

The Botswana Integrated Sports Association (BISA) and its sister association, Botswana Primary School Sports Association (BOPSSA) are contemplating merging into a solitary association to be called School Sports Association (SSA).

Weekendsport is reliably informed that this move is an attempt by both associations to grow sports in schools and to create a credible body that will convince sponsors as well as seek a sustainable budget from the Botswana National Sports Council (BNSC).

Reports from those in the know and which have been confirmed by the leaders of the two associations portray a positive picture.

Sources say the two have in the past been holding a series of meetings in which they gave the planned merger the thumbs-up after carefully assessing the pros and cons. The President of BOPSSA, Busani Segweni confirmed the development:

“We have reached an agreement with our sister from BISA to form only one body that will help us to improve our affairs.”

The idea of forming an umbrella association emanated from the “benchmarking exercise” that the two undertook during this year’s COSASA Games held in Zimbabwe.

“It has come to our attention that various countries in our region have only one body not many like we do, and we saw that as brilliant model which we can also follow to better our development strategies,” Segweni said.

Efforts to get a comment from BISA president Joshua Gaotlhobogwe on the matter were fruitless.

However, the two associations have agreed in principle that they will combine their next year’s athletics competitions to test the waters and see “if at all the idea will work”.

“After those competitions and a careful evaluation is done, we shall then map the way forward,” he said.

Asked whether they will do the same in ball sports competitions, the BOPSSA boss said they were unsure due to lack of capacity.

“You see as BOPSSA, we have two categories that are under 15 and under 17. BISA also has its own events, so it will be difficult to secure facilities to use for our activities. As a result, that one will for the time being be the responsibility of individual associations.”

The umbrella body is also expected to address the issue of finance which has dogged the two associations. BISA normally gets an annual grant of P400, 000 while BOPSSA gets P300, 000 an amount which is inadequate to maintain their budget hence they end up using it for administrative duties.

But with one association they might be given something ‘bigger and better’ to help balance their books. The two associations say that they will meet with BNSC chiefs next year to deliberate on a number of issues.

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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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