The newly implemented Sports Commission act has not tightened its muscle regarding the independence of the Botswana National Olympic Committee (BNOC), its Chief Executive Officer, Tuelo Serufho has said.
The BNOC will continue to co-exist with the sports commission to further fortify their roles for the betterment of sports in the country. To further adulterate the confusion, the sports commission board has co-opted two representatives from BNOC, being the president and the head of secretariat, who is the CEO.
It is expected that the two influential minds running the BNOC will have a collective voice and have a say in the policy making of the sport commission. Their presence within the board of the commission is anticipated to further influence the decisions surrounding resources allocation.
While a clash of minds is anticipated between the two sports bodies regarding the roles, the CEO of the Olympic committee is adamant that they sit in the board to avoid instances of task duplication. “Remember we are not under the control of the commission, we are independent, and that is why the two members of BNOC who sit in the commission board will make sure that there is no duplication of roles between BNSC and BNOC,” Serufho said.
Meanwhile, reports suggest that, next year (2016), the Olympic Committee will take full control of all the sporting codes, while the Commission will only deal with developmental issues. This comes up at a time when other countries like are changing the way they run their sporting codes.
Such reports have nonetheless been dismissed by the notable minds that played a part in the structure of the sports commission. They believe that the confusion was diffused the moment the Department of Sports and Recreation (DSR) was dissolved.
However inside sources are optimistic that BNOC has behind closed doors been elevated to a higher position of sports administration, while BNSC will now be focused solely in sports grass roots development.
Athletics is one of the sporting activities that for many years has been consistently performing extremely well in international competitions. One of the reasons is the availability of qualified and experienced coaches, who have been working tirelessly on the ground to ensure that they scout talent and develop more athletes.
For the first time after eons, football clubs plying their trade in the elite league are walking in the shadow of the undefined with nothing concrete agreed and on sight before the commencement of the football season.