Only 11 out of thirty-four affiliates have submitted their contestants for the impending Botswana National Sports Commission’s (BNSC) awards scheduled for the 23 of May 2015.
The event that will be staged at GICC have seen some sports codes especially the so called ‘elite’ codes failing to submit names of the athletes and or stakeholders to contest for the biggest sport honors locally.
According to Geoff Tembo, the Chairperson of the selection committee, for one to be a nominee they should have featured in national, zonal, continental, world championships as well as the Olympic competitions.
Various codes took part in competitions last year around the globe and it was expected that they would heed the call for this year’s awards too.
Of the eleven categories for the awards, not even a half of the affiliates presented names to be shortlisted. ‘’Out of at least 33 codes we have only received submissions from 11 codes, therefore we would like to urge all the codes to honor the requirement and make submissions on time,’’ Tembo said during the awards launch recently.
Karate, boxing, netball, chess, judo, bowling tennis, BISA, BOTESSA are some of those that participated in the awards.
Tembo posited that affiliates failed to comply with their submission deadline. “Codes were expected to submit to the BNSC secretariat in January and what was disturbing was the fact that codes failed to comply as they did not submit well in time.’’
When contacted for comment, a representative of one of the affiliates who have not yet submitted said they did not want to talk about the issue as they were not happy with the procedures. WeekendSports learnt that the affiliates are actually waiting for the awards to pass so they could channel their grievances through “right structures and not the media”.
However, the President of Botswana Softball Association (BSA) Tirelo Mukokomani has come out and said that people should not be fooled as they too had submitted but would not be shortlisted. “Let me set the record straight, we submitted our name for the best administered code and we were not nominated and we cannot query that because it would seem we are jealous of others. I have the evidence here, and can show you we have proposed our name so people must know that,’’ he said in a telephone interview.
Sport reporter Thabo Osekeng observed that the shunning of the awards by the affiliates is a sign that the affiliates are disillusioned with the way the awards are conducted. “The awards are not fair, competitions don’t carry the same weight, like the Diamond league and the national league, but then you find athletes contesting in the same category while the level of the competition was not even, these are probably some of the reasons that cause affiliates to not want partake as they believe there is no need for them to.’’
The Duma fm Sports host said there was need for an independent committee tasked with nominating athletes not the codes to submit for themselves. He gave example of the 400m runner Isaac Makwala who was not nominated for the awards saying the runner deserved a nomination. “BNSC should have its own committee that looks at the performance of athletes so they can chose based on merit and not on what the associations present to them as this leads to awarding mediocrity.’’
Makwala this week posted on his facebook page about his enragement following his omission. “Fa nne ke bone that list ya nominees before the world relays, ne ke sa ye go itshwenya ke ngakalala ke re ke direla Batswana waitse.’’ (If I had seen the nominees list before the world relays, I would have not bothered myself as much as I did, trying to represent my country well).
When this publication contacted Makwala who is now in Jamaica for an international meet, he only said “the awards are not fair’’.
Among his achievements, Makwala set the new national 200m record, before breaking the African 400m record and subsequently becoming number one in the continent. He is currently third in the world 400m charts. However, he performed dismally at the Commonwealth Games where he got position eight.
With many being of the view that the state of football in Botswana has deteriorated significantly as it is no longer appealing to the business community, this was a good week for the football community. The Botswana Football Association (BFA) leadership under the stewardship of MacLean Letshwiti secured sponsorship for a combined value of P19. 3 million for the FA Cup competition and the First Division league – both South and North.
Some disgruntled Botswana Football League (BFL) shareholders are planning to petition the BFL board led by Gaborone United director and chief financier Nicolas Zackhem and his treasurer Jagdish Shah. Furthermore, they want to challenge the Botswana football Association (BFA) leadership over the deteriorating status of football in the country.
Botswana Football Association (BFA) is poised to benefit from FIFA’s forward development programme. The Association will receive over P80 million to be used during the course of the next four years, as the world football governing body is strengthens its commitment to building a stronger foundation and the growth of football.
The Forward 3.0 funds – to be accessed by all 54 CAF members for the next four years have seen an increase of USD 2 million compared to Forward 2.0 cycle and Forward 1.0 cycle when the programme was launched.
According to FIFA President Gianni Infantino, the third cycle of the programme will be launched this month and it will dedicate more financial resources than before to developing football nations as there is an overall increase of approximately 30% compared to Forward 2.0.
“It is vital that we are now strengthening our commitment to building a stronger foundation for the growth of football,” Infantino noted.
The 62 page report by FIFA-Forward-Development-Programme-Forward-3-0-regulations also reveals that for travel and equipment, each member association, subject to compliance with the regulations, will receive an additional USD 1 million to cover the cost of travel and accommodation for their national teams. It further states that the remaining funds may be used to cover the cost of travel and accommodation for domestic competitions organized by the member associations.
“A contribution of up to USD 200,000 for the four-year cycle (2023-2026) to cover the cost of any football equipment related to the training of players and organization of matches (e.g. full kits for the national teams, balls, mini goals, bibs, substitution boards and referees’ communication systems) for those member associations that are identified as needing the most assistance,” the report indicated.
FIFA President, Infantino and his team said the member association is identified as needing the most assistance, for the purpose of the contributions, where their annual revenues (excluding Forward Programme funds as well as funds from any other FIFA programme/ initiative) do not exceed USD 4 million as the figure shall be reflected in the latest annual statutory audit report submitted to the FIFA general secretariat within six months after the closing of the relevant financial year.
Nevertheless, the contributions for travel will be released in four equal installments of USD 250,000 each in January every year, whilst those for equipment will be released in four equal installments of USD 50,000 each in January every year provided that the member association has fulfilled the conditions.
For the specific projects – in the case of Botswana and Namibia – there is an ambition to host the AFCON 2027 and if the joint bid succeed, the two nations will need to build new stadium to meet the requirements of CAF as the Bid technical committee has alluded before; therefore the two associations could make an appeal for extra funds to FIFA.
The report further says where a member association uses funds allocated for specific projects to improve or build new football infrastructure for its direct benefit or for the benefit of another entity (e.g. regional associations or clubs), the member association shall also provide, as part of the supporting documents, the FIFA general secretariat with the relevant national land registry certificate or extract confirming that the member association or the other entity is the owner of the land or the agreements confirming the donation, transfer or other form of provision to, or use of land by the association.
When contacted for comment, local sports analyst, Jimmy George said; “Ours is more a lack of vision, than money to finance programs. Regrettably when you lack vision not even USD 8 million can bail you out. Its pity the funds might be used to pay for the past projects that have yielded very little success.”