Teenage sensation, and new World Junior Championship 100 meters record holder, Letsile Tebogo is expected to walk home with at least P200 000 for his exploits in Cali, Colombia.
Early this year, Minister of Youth, Gender, Sport and Culture Tumiso Rakgare pronounced the revised incentives for national athletes as a way of motivating athletes to improve performance and earn income to improve their livelihoods.
According to Rakgare, the new incentive package policy was a crucial step towards establishing a long-term framework for rewarding athletes in various sports codes. He said the review of the policy was intended to further motivate the athletes, particularly those in junior age categories, to view sport as a possible career path.
In a short interview with this publication, BNSC Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Tuelo Serufho said Tebogo will get P50 000 for the 100m junior record which he broke when he made his debut World Senior Championships which was held last month in the United States, Oregon.
He further said he will be entitled to P50 000 for another 100m record after he lowered his U20 world record in the 100m from 9.94 sec to 9.91sec at the world U20 track and field championships with another P50 000 as reward for his championship record of 19.96s in 200m.
The young sensation became the joint championship recorder together with Blessing Akawasi Afrifah of Israeli last week Friday.
History repeated itself as Tebogo attained a silver medal in the competition after he was beaten by Afrifah by just six thousandths of a second and strike gold.
BNSC chief pointed out that, “According to new BNSC policy package if he breaks record more than once in one competition and also one category like of the 100m, he is entitled one P50 000,”
According to Serufho, the performance incentives stipulate that for qualifying, attaining medal positions, he shall get P30 000 for scooping the gold medal in 100m category and P20 000 for attaining silver medal.
Furthermore, for having qualified for the junior world championships, he will get P10 000 for each category. Tebogo represented Botswana in two categories, thus 100m and 200m from which he attained two medals.
According to Botswana Athletics Association (BAA) Vice President Administration Oabona Theetso, they initially targeted four medals from the just ended World Junior Championships.
With many being of the view that the state of football in Botswana has deteriorated significantly as it is no longer appealing to the business community, this was a good week for the football community. The Botswana Football Association (BFA) leadership under the stewardship of MacLean Letshwiti secured sponsorship for a combined value of P19. 3 million for the FA Cup competition and the First Division league – both South and North.
Some disgruntled Botswana Football League (BFL) shareholders are planning to petition the BFL board led by Gaborone United director and chief financier Nicolas Zackhem and his treasurer Jagdish Shah. Furthermore, they want to challenge the Botswana football Association (BFA) leadership over the deteriorating status of football in the country.
Botswana Football Association (BFA) is poised to benefit from FIFA’s forward development programme. The Association will receive over P80 million to be used during the course of the next four years, as the world football governing body is strengthens its commitment to building a stronger foundation and the growth of football.
The Forward 3.0 funds â€“ to be accessed by all 54 CAF members for the next four years have seen an increase of USD 2 million compared to Forward 2.0 cycle and Forward 1.0 cycle when the programme was launched.
According to FIFA President Gianni Infantino, the third cycle of the programme will be launched this month and it will dedicate more financial resources than before to developing football nations as there is an overall increase of approximately 30% compared to Forward 2.0.
â€śIt is vital that we are now strengthening our commitment to building a stronger foundation for the growth of football,â€ť Infantino noted.
The 62 page report by FIFA-Forward-Development-Programme-Forward-3-0-regulations also reveals that for travel and equipment, each member association, subject to compliance with the regulations, will receive an additional USD 1 million to cover the cost of travel and accommodation for their national teams. It further states that the remaining funds may be used to cover the cost of travel and accommodation for domestic competitions organized by the member associations.
â€śA contribution of up to USD 200,000 for the four-year cycle (2023-2026) to cover the cost of any football equipment related to the training of players and organization of matches (e.g. full kits for the national teams, balls, mini goals, bibs, substitution boards and refereesâ€™ communication systems) for those member associations that are identified as needing the most assistance,â€ť the report indicated.
FIFA President, Infantino and his team said the member association is identified as needing the most assistance, for the purpose of the contributions, where their annual revenues (excluding Forward Programme funds as well as funds from any other FIFA programme/ initiative) do not exceed USD 4 million as the figure shall be reflected in the latest annual statutory audit report submitted to the FIFA general secretariat within six months after the closing of the relevant financial year.
Nevertheless, the contributions for travel will be released in four equal installments of USD 250,000 each in January every year, whilst those for equipment will be released in four equal installments of USD 50,000 each in January every year provided that the member association has fulfilled the conditions.
For the specific projects â€“ in the case of Botswana and Namibia â€“ there is an ambition to host the AFCON 2027 and if the joint bid succeed, the two nations will need to build new stadium to meet the requirements of CAF as the Bid technical committee has alluded before; therefore the two associations could make an appeal for extra funds to FIFA.
The report further says where a member association uses funds allocated for specific projects to improve or build new football infrastructure for its direct benefit or for the benefit of another entity (e.g. regional associations or clubs), the member association shall also provide, as part of the supporting documents, the FIFA general secretariat with the relevant national land registry certificate or extract confirming that the member association or the other entity is the owner of the land or the agreements confirming the donation, transfer or other form of provision to, or use of land by the association.
When contacted for comment, local sports analyst, Jimmy George said; â€śOurs is more a lack of vision, than money to finance programs. Regrettably when you lack vision not even USD 8 million can bail you out. Its pity the funds might be used to pay for the past projects that have yielded very little success.â€ť