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BOKA affiliates to petition leadership

Affiliates declare crisis at Karate

At a time when many thought the dust was now settling, the embattled Botswana Karate Association (BOKA) troubles seem far from over as the affiliates are  expected to send their petition to Botswana the National Sports Council (BNSC) over what they term ‘crises’ under Sensei Tshepo Bathai’s administration.

Last month the association experienced mass exodus of executive committee members who resigned, citing lack of trust in the top brass. The affiliates also took advantage then and voiced their displeasure with the Bathai regime over, among other things, the BOKA Trust because they were not consulted about its formation.

Affiliates’ grievances, which are reported to be falling on deaf ears, have prompted them to send a petition to the mother-body (BNSC) for arbitration and intervention.

Although at a time of going to press the petition was still to be signed by the affiliates, this publication understands that the three men being Department of Sports and Recreation boss Falcon Sedimo, Steve Bothasitse and Segolame Ramothwa are expected to mediate.

The gentlemen are respected in terms of resolving sports issues.

One of the affiliates’ main concerns is the autocratic rule, which they continue to endure from the leadership. They lament that the decision are solely taken by the executive while other branches are rendered redundant.

‘’There are many commissions within the association like the technical and referees commission but these structures are not used. For example, the national team coaches are appointed by the top brass without our any say from the relevant stakeholders,’’ one insider charged.

Before the curtain could fall at BOKA is expected to host its last tournament – the BOKA Senior Championship but it appears that the championship will not take place as per the norm as the top office has never updated the affiliates about any development.

 It is said that the leaders have been resting on their laurels, forgetting that they should ask for funds from the mother-body .The tournament is expected to be hosted on December 6 at BOKA hall.

‘’As far as we know the tournament will go ahead as planned unless BNSC cannot fund us,’’ BOKA secretary Kenneth Motseolapile said.

They further went on to say that ever since Bathai assumed power BOKA has been regressing, accusing him of failing ‘their’ association. Affiliates foretell that even in the next BNSC awards the association will not perform like it did last year under the Sensei Million Masumbika ‘’because we have only participated in regional competitions but never competed at continental level”.

 Bathai said they could not take part in any tournaments in West Africa because of the Ebola outbreak in the region.

‘’Remember that the karate senior championships were to be hosted in Senegal unfortunately it was one of the most hit countries; that’s why we didn’t send our team there.’’

Bathai further challenged those who accuse him to come up with evidence because, he said, all the structures were working.

‘’Everything is fine I don’t know what they are talking about; referees and coaches are recommended by those commissions and we, as the executive, just put a signature.’’

 However, he promised to share with this publication the minutes of all the meetings, which he never did at the time of publication.

A number of associations this year have never been calm like the Botswana Athletics Association (BAA), Botswana Boxing Association (BoBA) and now karate has joined the bandwagon.

However, BNSC chairperson Solly Reikeletsng has pleaded with associations to end the fights or come up with structures that would help curb the wrangling.

BOKA will host its Inter-club Championship this weekend at the Botswana College of Agriculture (BCA) at Sebele starting at 8am.

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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

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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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