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BNOC benefits P35 million from Olympic Solidarity programme

Botswana National Olympic Committee (BNOC) which is an affiliate of International Olympic Committee (IOC), has received over US$ 3.5 million (P 35 million) through the Olympic Solidarity programme which provides funding to all National Olympic Committees (NOCs).

 

In December of 2019, during the Annual General Meeting (AGM), BNOC Senior Vice President, Tshepo Sitale told delegates who are affiliates of BNOC, that the country has since been ranked number 1 in Africa in terms of accessing the Olympic Solidarity funding.

 

Sitale who addressed the delegates said the funding was mainly accessed by the National Federations (NF) for sports science and sports medicine personnel, assisting in the development of sports structures as well as to train coaches and administrators.

 

The aim of the Olympic Solidarity commission is to manage funding to NOCs recognized by the IOC, in particular those who have the greatest need of it. This funding takes the form of programmes facilitated at National / International level between the IOC, its NOCs, and ultimately with the National Sport Federations.

 

According to World Sailing website, “Olympic Solidarity programme has two sections which are the coaches section and the athletes section. The athletes section was designed to assist elite athletes selected and proposed by their respective National Olympic Committees (NOCs) in their preparation and qualification for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, with a particular focus on athletes and NOCs with the greatest need.”

 

“Should an athlete be awarded an Olympic scholarship, the NOC or training centre will ensure that he/she benefits from funding for items such as access to appropriate training facilities, specialized coaching for the relevant sporting discipline, medical and scientific assistance.”

 

BNOC Communication & Marketing Manager Lame Ramokate told WeekendSport that since the inception of the Olympic Solidarity supports, BNOC in 2019 have applied for 8 sports administration courses at certificate level and 2 advanced diploma courses.  A total of 180 sports administrators enrolled; 143 for the certificate and 37 for the diploma. 

 

“For Sport Medicine (3) three courses were funded; a  Diploma in Sports Nutrition, an online course which is currently ongoing;  an Advanced Team Physician course was held in Monaco and the Cardiovascular Evaluation held in Rome, Italy.” He shared with this publication.

 

She pointed out that approximately P4.5 million in 2019 was received from the funding used for Athletes scholarships, Sports Administration courses for the Certificate and Diploma and also for National Olympic Committee administration and Sports Science and Medicine Courses.

 

“The support is dependent on the scholarships, programmes and sports that the athletes are enrolled in.  For 2019, athletics & swimming had more athletes on scholarships; thus benefiting more.” She stated.

 

Ramokate said the funding has enabled BNOC to undertake some of the projects that could not be covered under the Government grant as it has helped in improving sports administration, competencies in sports medicine and facilitated athlete development to qualify for major games;

 

“Currently 10 athletes are in the Olympic Solidarity Scholarship with 3 having qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games,” she said.

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Cooper, Galaxy deal explained 

7th December 2021
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This week, the 2019/2020 league champions, Jwaneng Galaxy, announced the signing of former Lusaka Dynamos midfielder Mothusi Cooper for a period of six months.

Cooper, a 23-year-old versatile midfielder, terminated his contract with Lusaka Dynamos a few months ago due to unpaid salaries and signing-on fees. Cooper had joined the Zambian giants from Township Rollers.

In an interview with this publication this week, Tankiso Morake, Galaxy Public Relations Officer (PRO), said their head coach, Morena Ramoreboli, recommended the club to bolster their midfield.

“We felt it was necessary for us as Galaxy to increase our depth in the midfield; fortunately, Cooper was available since he has been declared a free agent,” Morake alluded.

“It is an advantage for us as Galaxy to sign a player of Cooper calibre, though we are not saying we don’t have good players. We just wanted to give the coach what he wants and also add more depth to our squad,” he said.

“It will grant coach more quality players since we are playing the CAF Championship group stage, the league games and also the Orange FA Cup.”

According to Morake, the deal favours both the player and his agent, as it will give the 23-year-old the opportunity to attract interest abroad due to participation in the CAF Championship group stages.

When contacted for comment, Bakang Moipone, who is the player’s agent, said: “The intention was never to go for a local move, but the most unfortunate thing is that as much as we had offers from other teams in Zambia, South Africa, and North Africa and also trying to poach something from Europe, it is challenging to find a foreign player slot during the January transfer window.”

Furthermore, Moipone revealed that the clubs which were interested in his services did not have the foreign slot available to register the versatile midfielder.

“We concluded by saying the player cannot wait until June without having a club; hence we opted for a local move for six months knowing that we will be able to get a club during the winter transfer window,” the player agent noted.

“We received several offers from local teams such as Rollers, Gaborone United, Orapa United and Galaxy, and it was him (Cooper) who chose Galaxy since they have qualified for the CAF Championship group stage as he believes it will give him international exposure and also create more options for him for an oversea move.”

Moipone highlighted that the move to Galaxy was not monetary. The ultimate reason was for the player to gain match fitness while anticipating moving abroad in June to further his professional career.

Meanwhile, it is reported that the former senior national team head coach Adel Amrouche is had secured a lucrative deal for troubled Zebras star Cooper.

The player, recently on Lusaka Dynamos books, is anticipated to move abroad once the 2021/2021 season ends.

The club’s name remains unknown, but sources speculate that the player will land in a team based in Belgium.

Cooper will be the third player whose overseas move is masterminded by Amrouche after secured deals for Kabelo Seakanayeng and Tumisang Orebonye to Olympique Khouribga, a club based in Morocco.

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F/town Chess tourney returns with improved prizes

7th December 2021
Chess

Despite the disruptions of the COVID-19 scourge to the chess fraternity calendar of events, the First Capital Bank Festive Chess Showdown tournament returns this year with improved prizes.

The tournament, which started in 2019 with a sponsorship of P22 000, will proceed with this year’s an increased backing from P42 000 to P50 000. The adjustment prompted the organizers to increase the prizes across sections. Scheduled to take place in Francistown from the 11th-13thof December, the tournament has seen a steadfast growth in sponsorship and attracting high profile players during the two years.

According to the event organizer Thapelo Molefe, the total sponsorship amounts to P49 945, a gesture that allowed them to increase prizes by 14%. The prestige section, which generally attracts highly rated players, has a top prize of P4200, an increase from P3600, while the open section got a P1000 increase to P3000. The ladies section now attracts a prize of P2000 from the previous P1800. However, the Under 18 and development section awards remain unchanged at P1500 and P300.

“The deal is solid and beneficial to both parties so that it won’t stop anytime soon. We have a telepathic understanding with the bank; they have social responsibility at the core of their business. There isn’t much of a difference except the increase in prize monies. Foreign internationals have always graced our events in numbers, and we look forward to having them again in our third installment of this magnificent undertaking,” said Molefe.

The last edition was won by Gaasite Sebetlela and WCM Refilwe Gabatshwarwe in the open and ladies section, respectively, while Monnatsheko Keletshabile emerged the champion in the prestige section.

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P700k for GU players

7th December 2021
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Morale inside Gaborone United camp is high with the team oozing with confidence and licking their lips to lift the Orange FA trophy, as the team has been assured to share the P700k first prize amongst themselves should they win.

The promise was made by the club Chief financier Nicholas Zachem earlier this year as part of motivating the team following a long spell of football thirst and hunger. The players and the technical team are looking at the big carrot that has been dangled before them and have never looked back.

GU has been marauding other teams, going down for the first time 1-2 against BDF X1. The Innocent Morapedi and Pontsho Moloi mentored side is currently on 2nd position on the league log with 15 points after six games, only a point separate them with log leaders Township Rollers.

The Reds are also in the semi-finals of the FA Cup and are facing stubborn Jwaneng Galaxy in what could be a litmus test for them. Their in-form forward Thatayaone Kgamanyane is expected to lead the attack to eliminate Galaxy and face either Township Rollers or Masitaoka in the finals.

The high flying club has managed five clean sheets this season, with their goalkeeper Goitseone Phoko even voted player of the month.  “It’s a great feeling to have been chosen as player of the month. The award will motivate me to perform to my level best in every game. As much as this award is mine, I would like to thank my teammates who have contributed immensely in ensuring that I keep those clean sheets,” said Phoko after pocketing P1000 cash for his toil.

GU Brand and Marketing Manager, Herbert Letsebe said the club decided to introduce monthly awards to motivate players. “This is a build up to our end of the season awards where will crown player of the season and other individual awards,” he said.

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