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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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