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Karate backs Mathe & Co


Just two months after assuming Botswana Karate Association (BOKA) top office on interim basis, the David Mathe led committee will go into the next weekend’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) with confidence that they would be re-elected.


The AGM which is expected to be hosted at GICC was supposed to be held in May, but after the dissolution of the past executive committee Mathe and his assistants were tasked with setting a new date for the meeting primarily for election of the full administration that would vacate office after finishing its term.


The affiliates are happy with the way proceedings have transpired thus far and have agreed that with addition of some, they will want the current executive committee to remain in the office. ‘’You can see we are happy with how things are done ever-since they came to the office, we will bring them back to the office,’’ one affiliate revealed.   


Even though the affiliates are yet to submit names of their ideal committee members as per the BOKA constitution, WeekendSport can safely reveal that the affiliates have caucused and agreed that the interim committee should remain in office.

Mathe has also declared his interest of contesting the elections but only if the members will forward his name for the elections. “Personally I want to stand but for now I can’t say much because the affiliates are the ones who can endorse my name,’’ Mathe said.


Sources close to the developments have hinted that because the current committee is made up of the skeletons and lack some posts, there are some that have been earmarked to work with the committee. “I can confidently tell you the former mouthpiece Jerry Ditlhong will be the association’s media liaison,’’ the source said. However, Mathe could not discuss with this publication some of the names that would be included to help them make a full committee.   


The committee has amended the constitution of the association, and they have given it to the affiliates for suggestions and they will be interviewing the last one on Monday to give their opinions. “So far we did what we were supposed to do and for the amendment of the constitution we are happy with the feedback we got from the members. They have given us some useful suggestions something which we appreciate. Next weekend we will be finishing off with the referendum,’’ he said.


Mathe said should he remain in office, he has some plans for the association, in his bid to develop karate locally. “We have started by hosting a developmental tournament some weeks back, and we will continue with that. The internal wrangling that entangled the association for the better part of last year is also on his agenda because he wants the sport to unite people and not to separate them,” he revealed.


“We have issues with many of our styles which at some tournaments cannot participate, but remember at the end of the day the sport will suffer and that’s the issue I want to address ,’’ Mathe said.


The AGM will be held next week on the 28th when the newly revised constitution is expected to be finalized and implemented.

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