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Lobatse to host Mountain Bike Challenge

Lobatse, which has turned into a home of motorsport events, will host the first Mountain Bike Challenge on October 17.

The extravaganza, which also includes a family fun day and after party, is expected to attract 200 cyclists from Botswana and beyond. The challenge is sponsored by Lobatse Town Council and Spin City Events while the timing and registration are handled by renowned cycling event gurus Ultimate Cycle Base.

Addressing a press conference in Gaborone on October 8, the event organiser, Joseph Khengere of Spin City Events said they had an allegiance to Lobatse and they chose to go with the scenic town.

“Lobatse is a mountainous town and it is the perfect terrain for such events,” he said. He said their intention is to set standard highs and to bring excitement and family fellowship hence the family fun day and after party.

Khengere said all participants must be ready as road markings have already been done. He noted that the terrain will vary from long gravel straights, twists and turns, rocks as well as uphills. “There will be at least four road crossings where people can watch the action,” he said.

For her part, the public relations officer of Lobatse Town Council, Poloka Kabomo said the purpose of organising the event is to negate the perception that Lobatse has become a ghost town. She said the race would improve the image of Lobatse as a forgotten town.

“This is an opportunity to maximise and expose Lobatse to outside people and attract investors. The event will also get big business in Lobatse to satisfy their social responsibility through sponsorship and networking,” she said.

She noted that the event would benefit small businesses in Lobatse through food stalls. The event kicks off at 8am and activities include a 5km kid’s fun ride which will take place in the park and a 20km ride for juniors, 40km for intermediates and 60km for professionals. Winners in each category will get medals and certificates.

The family fun day part will include quad bikes, play stations, face painting, treasure hunting and jumping castles. There will be sizzling braais, barbeques and boerwores for everyone. Lobatse’s finest DJ’s will set the after party scene ablaze till midnight.

The challenge is sponsored by KBL, Masterprint and Sugar Industries and part of the proceeds will be donated to a children’s home in Lobatse.

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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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Finally, sponsors jerk BFA

30th January 2023

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.

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