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Nike Vs All Kasi

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Member of Parliament for Jwaneng Mabutsane, Mephato Reatile has sparked a debate on preference of international companies over local companies, blaming and grilling the Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry, for sleeping on the job.

Mephato made his submission in Parliament this week over revelations that Team Botswana which participated at 2021 Olympic Games had both Nike and All Kasi at the tournament.  All-Kasi, a local clothing label had won the bid to dress the team at the international competition.

It has been established that when the team departed for the Olympic Games, they put on All Kasi merchandise as expected, but things began to take an ugly turn upon arrival.

It is said the team was forced to put on a different sponsor, being Nike. What appears to trouble Mephato is realisation that All Kasi was deprived of a mileage they were entitled to and instead Nike was given the prominence. 

“The Ministry of Trade must jealously protect local brands because that is their first mandate. It is not a good thing for our players to wear All Kasi apparel while on flight and during dinner when the opportunity was there to showcase their class at international stage. It’s very wrong,” he argued.

It is reported that Team Botswana athletes put on Nike kit where it mattered most.

“They put on Nike during training, on the track and on the podium, where the eyes of the world were watching, but once they went into the backstage, All Kasi merchandise came into the picture,” a source shared.

All the while, accusing fingers are pointing towards the direction of the then chief de Mission of the team (name withheld) for creating a platform for Nike over All Kasi.

Unconfirmed reports are that the man has deals with Nike, and it explains why he bought another apparels when the team arrived at the games.

All the while, information from within Botswana National Olympic Committee (BNOC) paints a different picture.

It is said that All Kasi was failing to meet the deadline, and this forced the head of the team to pursue alternatives.  That the Chief de Mission was making under hand dealings with Nike is hogwash and this should not be allowed to stand, information purports.

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