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U21 Netball World Cup LOC unveiled

Local Organising Committe that was chosen by Minister Olopeng

With only eight months to go, Botswana Netball Association (BONA) President, Tebogo LebotseSebego and her National Executive Committee (NEC) are ecstatic about the historic 2017 World Netball Youth Cup to be hosted in Gaborone, owing to their hard work.

After the team put on a lot of sweat, submitting an irresistible bid document and working tirelessly to see the 2017 World Netball Youth Cup hosted in Botswana soil, Minister of Youth Sports and Culture, Thapelo Olopeng is very proud.

This week the Minister together with BONA patron and assistant Minister of Local Government & Rural Development, Botlogile Tshireletso could not hide their excitement when they unveiled the tournament Local Organising Committee (LOC) headed by veteran netball leader, Prisca Mokgadi.

According to Minister Olopeng, when the Botswana National Sports Commission (BNSC) notified them about the intention by BONA to host the world tournament they committed P15 million to help both on the team preparations and the games. However the Minister could not hide the fact that the funds are not enough hence he urged, “Batswana, particularly the corporate world, to support the games financially and by whatever means at their disposal.’’

The Mokgadi led committee is expected to put together a world class event and to deliver a legacy for Botswana Netball. This, all the while, could only happen if other facilities are built to complement the only indoor facility at the University of Botswana whose floor is not up to standard of hosting a tournament of such magnitude. As a result the government will be expected to help in that regard especially that they preach that a legacy should be left for Botswana netball through sustainable netball development in the country. “Currently we have one indoor facility at UB and it does not have a sprung floor,” Mokgadi said. She further continued that at least two facilities must be built with a sprung floor saying that a single floor is P1.5 million.

The preparations for the tournament are on full swing especially for the local girls as they will next month feature in the six nation’s tournament in Singapore.  Olopeng implored Batswana to own the games, “this is now a national event and it will require national effort in order to enjoy and realise its full potential.” This event, he added, “presents an exciting opportunity for Batswana to wow the visitors with our hospitality.”

As the preparations unfold the netball chiefs are already in town to tour some facilities that will be used next year. The International Netball Federation (INF) Board President Molly Rhone, Liz Broomhead, Jane Wrighton, Clare Brigal and Ann Tod arrived on Wednesday in their mission to engage and familiarize themselves with the activities. The board will also host their November meeting in Gaborone where close to 70 delegates are expected. President Rhone will also pay courtesy calls to the sports leadership including Minister Olopeng and Tshireletso.

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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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