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Tough times for motorsport

Riders in jeopardy over ‘Mantshwabisi’

Failure by Botswana Motor Sport Association (BMSA) to organize the national championships since last year November, has created much anxiety to riders as they risk missing out in various championships this year including the lucrative Toyota 1000km Desert Race in June.


It remains unclear as to how the code has failed to organize races since last year as excuses of unavailability of facilities have been thrown out of the window. It appears many pieces are still amiss in the BMSA jigsaw puzzle. Initially, sponsors were pointed out as the cause of the slow down as they are said to be only willing to offer their service only if competition could attract 150 or more participants, a far cry to the current number which insiders say is far from that.


Another stumbling block is reported to be the affiliates who are said to have petitioned the current executive committee saying it is unconstitutional, therefore putting brakes to any thought of staging a competition.


With only 11 affiliated clubs, and the Gaborone Club providing much percentage it appears the association has a handful of riders, a factor that could lead to their downfall.


Marsh Botswana who offers them insurance service is said to have made it clear to BMSA that numbers will be key as they could offer their service only if the competition attracts 150 or more riders.

“Another issue for this delay is there was no third party insurance for public liability. This brings fear to riders and the future of motorsport as Marsh Botswana,  which has been insuring riders has threatened not to provide the service this season on the reason that the numbers are very low,’’ a source revealed.


However there is another twist in their litany of tribulations as the club has also been blamed for this decline. According to sources, the association held the executive committee elections early this year but the members are not recognizing the current administration.


 “The other reason has been that the clubs were petitioning the unconstitutionality of Botswana motorsport committee elections. People who vote the committee should be the first two in the hierarchy of any club, but during that day even riders were eligible to vote something which the affiliates could not tolerate’’ the source who is close to the association stated.


When reached for comment the association vice President administration David Mash said; “Usually we start the season in March, and our first race will be in Francistown on the 18th of April.’’


He however, could not reveal the number of riders in their books because “registration is still ongoing and I can confirm to you on the 1st of May’’. He continued on to say that the issue of insurance had been sorted out after the sports council paid the company.


When asked about the affiliates ‘rebellion’ on the committee he directed this writer to the President Simon Modisaemang, who said this was news to him as elections went on smoothly.


After the Francistown race the association said they will be having other competitions including the Khawa dune challenge as well as the Desert race.

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