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Botswana Motorsport to go solo

May ditch South African owned 1000 Toyota Desert race

Botswana Motorsport is in the course of shaking off the hegemonic influence of Motorsport South Africa and un-grip the far reaching feelers of its neighbour federation South of Molopo.

Speaking in an interview with WeekendSport Botswana Motorsport President, Simon Modisaemang revealed that his association is keen on skirting a Dakar style take- away with the South African controlled 1000 Toyota Dessert Race whose finishing laps initially ended at Dakar, Senegal was uprooted from the African continent to the South American countries of Argentina and Chile.

According to Modisaemang there are two ways for Botswana Motorsport’s great leap in development and greater involvement into the South African owned 1000 Toyota Desert race. He said they would either have to get into a sustainable long term agreement of not less than three years with the race promoters or no contract with Motorsport South Africa continuing saying that should Motorsport South Africa pull back there will be no legacy for Batswana as there has never been no development fund started for Botswana Motorsport or communities that host the race.

As a solution to a probable state of affairs of the withdrawal of the dessert race from the country by the South African Motorsport, Modisaemang revealed that substantial plans are afoot at his association to introduce a Botswana owned motorsport contest in the form of more riveting and thrilling part on-road and off-road car rallying which forces drivers to observe on-road traffic rules set to begin mid-2016.

The contest will have an entry level of 125 kilometres and take place within areas of Gaborone. The motorsport association president says besides rallying they are also intending to uncover a slew of other automobile disciplines associated with motorsport including drag racing as well as car spinning.

The passionate and ostensibly strong-willed administrator also revealed that Botswana Motorsport is aiming to leap for the jugular of grassroots development of the sport by constructing a first-rate integrated motorsport facility where all motorsport events will take place with the help of Federation Internationale De I ’Automobile (FIA), subsequently making it easy to introduce motorsport to youngsters and grooming young future petrol-heads through developmental levels such as go-karting.

He said despite the land shortcomings since they had not been included in the allocation of land at the newly sporting association land allocations in Gaborone they are gunning for benefitting from the FIA developmental funds of P400 000 which  Botswana Motorsport has already benefitted from through the training of officials.  It also came to light that among the budding association’s victories of transformation to its name it has struck a deal with Marsh Insurance Brokers in collaboration with Botswana Insurance Limited for an extended cover of Botswana Motorsport licensed club racers.

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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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