The president of Botswana Dancesport Association (BODANSA), Tiroeaone Mojatale, has just returned from Spain where he took part in the World Dancesport conference. One of the things that he engaged in when there was to discuss the bid that they submitted in order for Botswana to host the 2016 World Dance Championships. He said that in regard to the bid they have already sent some of the documents in order to host the world champs. He said though they have not completed everything that they are supposed to send they are very sure that they might just get it. The president said they need that in order to motivate local athletes to work hard because normally at the competitions the African nations are always outperformed by Europeans. He said this can inspire Africa to work even harder because they will know that since it is in their soil they have to work a little bit harder to win medals.
“One thing that we are happy about from the AGM is that one of our athletes has been drafted into the Athletes Commission where he will be representing Africa in the commission,” he said. He said they have also been bothered locally by the barring of athletes from taking part in competitions that are outside World Dancesport calendar, but now that has been lifted to allow the dancers to take part in any competition that they want to.
He said this was a problem because the dance competitions in Africa are not as many as in Europe, so athletes always need as many competitions as possible. With the AGM coming on July 4th in Palapye, the incumbent president said that he will stand for re-election because he believes that there is a lot that he can give to the code. He said that since he got in office he made sure that there was an increase in adjudicators, affiliates, and been able to host many events in a year while at the same time having clubs in places like Maun. He expressed happiness with what he has done so far but regretted the lack of visibility, saying local media has turned its back on them.