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Regionalisation worries BISA


The Botswana Integrated Sports Association (BISA) has said it is concerned with the geographically irregular performance and results of sporting development in the sporting codes of table tennis and softball as indicated by the just ended BISA games- a prospect which falls short of being indicative of the national success of the sporting codes.


The association’s spokesperson Letsweletse Jonas, told WeekendSport in the wake of the 2015 BISA edition that the increasingly regionalised sporting code of Softball which continues to domineer in the northern part of the country as well as table tennis whose national success has come to focus in and anchors itself almost absolutely in the Southern Sub-District of Moshupa, worry BISA who nevertheless hope for the success enjoyed in the two select regions to be replicated across other regions in the country.


Jonas opined that the exposure that different mentors have come to absorb might have a hand in the rutted status-quo, “When a coach receives international exposure such global experience will undoubtedly up the ante locally at their club.”

As for the northern regionalised sport of softball, Jonas said that the natural body build and the tenacious nature of the northerners might have a hand in the triumph of the sport of softball in that region while the proximity of the southern part of the country to the capital and its resources and knowledgeable pool of mentors contributes to the table tennis centralisation.


The BISA technical organiser for Softball Tawana Bapaphi also lamented the regressive regionalisation of the performance of the softball code attributing it to a coterie of factors including the unenthusiastic management of schools, the exposure of northern softball players to drills and tournaments woven into the sporting calendars of the northern schools which shows as the schools outshine the others during tournaments.


Bapaphi also mentioned the high motivation levels of northern softball players as well as the individual prowess of individual softball coaches. The BISA technical derided the overtime payment system saying, “some teachers who do not even know the rules of the sport get into coaching only for the enticing overtime outlay while knowledgeable and experienced coaches have become disillusioned with the overtime payment system which lacks certainty.” Bapaphi also went on to say that, “softball cannot get the rest out of the coaches with the overtime payment arrangement.”


BISA table tennis technical organiser Ntaolang Motingwa also expressed displeasure with the apparent regionalisation of the success of table tennis. Motingwa opined that the evident historical trend might have been exaggerated by the presence of national team players who, coming mainly from the Southern District have become involved in their local structures and mentoring at their respective communities therefore imparting top-level skills into learners.

He further stressed for the empowerment of teachers, saying that they are currently locked in consultation with the Botswana Table tennis Association (BTA) which seemingly had for so long concentrated its resources in the Southern part of the country to embark on a country-wide coaching clinic, imparting technical knowledge on talent spotters and mentors set to commence on September 2015 to March 2016.

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