In an effort to ease up sport development drive among its affiliates Botswana National Sport Council has procured a new fleet of five vehicles for them to increase their reach. The vehicles which were bought to a tune of P1million have been given to Botswana Athletics Association (BAA), Botswana Netball Association (BONA), Botswana Softball Association (BSA) and Botswana Volleyball Federation (BVF).
When handing over the vehicles on Tuesday Minister of Youth, Sport and Culture Thapelo Olopeng said he believes they will facilitate the affiliates to deliver on their mandate with more diligence. According to him the vehicles will make it easy for the affiliates to reach their strategic partners with the view to contribute to sport development.
The minister said in order to sustain competitiveness there is a need to recognise that grassroot development is paramount. “Potential athletes in grassroots level are not only found in cities and major towns only, some talented young athletes are residing in the country side, in places that require such vehicles to access,” he said.
With the implementation of BNSC’s 2028 strategy the minister acknowledged that there should be adequate resources to push it. The main aim of Vision 2018 is to raise the standard of delivery of sport to a higher standard. Therefore, he explained that other sporting codes will keep receiving new vehicles. Acting BNSC Chief executive officer Thato Kagosimore said in the next few months other codes such as football, boxing and karate will be given new cars as well.
The purchasing of vehicles is part of BNSC and the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture’s Affiliates Empowerment Scheme. The aim of the programme is to help BNSC affiliates with resources to run their affairs more effectively. The employment of Sport Development Offices for the affiliates by BNSC was another initiative to help as well as provision of promising codes with office space.
BVF president Daniel Molaodi who could not hide his delight thanked the council and the ministry for the vehicles. Molaodi said transport is one of the many resources needed to deliver good results. However, he cautioned that the vehicles are not the only ones that drive sport but the sporting codes. He said apart from the vehicles there are a lot of issues that need attention for them to be productive enough.