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BAA sits on developmental projects


Non involvement on the development plans of the athletics fraternity is slowly corroding the name of the sport while procrastinations and finger pointing in the nucleus of the athletics committee are given relevance.


WeekendSport sources say the athletics committee is sitting on the development plans proposed in February of this year as attempts to frustrate and fail the current committee.


A proposal was made early this year for a high performance training centre to be built in or around Gaborone. At the time, the committee proposed that such a facility will be built for the betterment and developments of athletes and coaches to elevate them to international class standards.


Through the proposal, WeekendSport further learnt that a 5 star hotel was envisaged together with BAA head office to house, among others, administration offices and 29 self contained accommodation rooms. In the main stadium, there would be space for athletics events, football together with rugby games.


Other sporting codes would be catered for, according to the BAA plan. There is also intention to erect a multipurpose hall for badminton, netball, basketball and swimming inter alia.


According to secret documents seem by this publication, the BAA boast of assembling an experienced team of professionals who had previously worked on a similar project right to the implementation and monitoring stages.


“After an intensified search for financiers for the project, a potential financier was identified, and the funding will be in a form of a donation. The association has entered, in principle, into an agreement with the potential financiers, and since the funding will be a donation, the project scope will be expanded to include other sporting codes so as to benefit a much larger community, and turn the project into “The Development of a Sports City Initiated by Botswana Athletics Association,” reads part of the document.


It turns out that the initial project scope cost was estimated at ±P300.0m as part of the construction cost.


It is said there has been a fruitful discussions with and as such it is estimated that the current project scope will be expanded to ±P2.0 Billion.  Information further suggests the professional team is currently working on the possible additions to the current scope.

In the beginning of this year, there was promise that BAA would be meeting once more with the financiers, possibly week beginning 9th February 2015, for further discussions on the final project scope.


“In conclusion, it is very critical for the athletics family to realise that the main objectives and goals of the association may be realised when all come on board with a common understanding of developing this sport in all aspects for it to remain a code of repute in the sporting fraternity,” this was the word of inspiration and encouragement from the committee as at January.


However, in 8 months, sources say nothing is being done regarding the plans and now some believe it was merely a promise by the new committee to leave a lasting impression.


Efforts to reach the public relations officer of the codes, Roland Masalila hit a brick wall as his phone rang without answer for extended spells.

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