In their quest to keep players fit and in shape, Police academy basketball club birthed Showtime tournament. In an interview with WeekendSport, the club head coach, James Kalebwe pointed out that their vision regarding the tournament is to bring players together and engage them in the sport because it has been a while since they played.
Kalebwe noted that, “we have so far registered 10 men teams and six female teams. We will split teams into two, to cover for the two weekends that the tournament will be running for. We are not really surprised at the number of teams that have registered because we were expecting such a number and even more, we are expecting others to register.
The tournament will start this coming weekend on the 28 and 29 May 2022 and end next weekend 4-5 June 2022 at SSG courts. The tournament is a first of its kind we believe that it will be annually, and we hope that it will be international next year, with international representatives being part of it.”
Kalebwe stated that they are in partnership with Botswana Basketball Association (BBA). He said BBA has offered them equipment to use at the tournament. Kalebwe added that they do not have any other sponsor apart from BBA. He however said they hope some sponsors will come on board and help them build the sport.
BBA Technician Director, Shaloh Matsetse confirmed the partnership, “as our affiliate we are helping them with equipment and availing our game officials to assist at the tournament. We also endorsed the event.”
Kalebwe said they do not have cash prices yet because of the issue of sponsors. However, he said they will award trophies and medals to teams at the end of the tournament. Kalebwe encouraged players who are not participating to come through and support other players who are competing in the tournaments. He also encouraged supporters of basketball to come in large numbers to support players and have a great time.
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