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BNOC plays waiting game

Despite resolve from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games will go ahead, the Botswana National Olympic Committee (BNOC) is reportedly awaiting an official position on the future of the games.

In Botswana, before the Olympics were moved last year, five athletes had already booked their qualification spot. Christine Botlogetswe, the 400m indomitable runner, Galefele Moroko, the African ladies champion of the 400m race together with the multiple conqueror of the 800m race Nijel Amos and the only female boxer, Keamogetse Kenosi, have all made their grand entry into the Tokyo Olympic stadium.

The quartet was joined by the blooming talent in Thoto Lebang of Judo while 800M veteran runner Amantle Montsho became the last athlete to qualify.The end of the Olympic qualification periods are May 31, 2021 (for 50km race walk and marathon) and June 29, 2021 for all other events.

Qualification starting dates for entry standards and world rankings remain unchanged with many athletes already qualified by meeting the entry standards during 2019.The then Botswana National Olympic Committee (BNOC) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Tuelo Serufho said he was glad that IOC had given member states good responses in the face of corona virus.

He was also grateful for the postponement because it gave other athletes ample time to qualify.But as things stand, the current BNOC high ranking administration does not have answers about what will happen next but are said to be in a waiting game.

Wedu Motswetla, the Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Olympic Committee has not given adequate answers about the future of the games but is hopeful they will have a say in the not so distant future.The International Olympic Committee (ICC) President, Thomas Bach, has said the Olympic Games will go ahead in July despite a State of Emergency (SoE) being declared in Tokyo because of increasing Covid-19 cases.

There have been growing concerns that the games were in peril because of the steep rise in Covid-19 cases and most worryingly, the slow rollout of vaccines. However, Bach was quoted dismissing suggestions that the Olympics may have to be cancelled or moved and said the fact that sporting events have already taken place safely gave him growing confidence.

It is confirmed that while the IOC would not require athletes to have a coronavirus jab, the hope was that as many as possible would receive them in the second or third wave, after high-risk groups had been given vaccines.

We are not in favour of athletes or champions jumping the queue. In the first lines must be the high-risk group the healthcare workers, and the people who keep our society alive, the President said. He further said all 206 national Olympic committees along with the sports federations, athlete representatives and Japanese organisers stood behind the IOC in wanting the Games to go ahead from 23 July.



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

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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