Tough talking Botswana National Sport Council (BNSC) chairman Solly Reikeletseng has warned with strong words sports administrators to start being accountable or face the consequences. Reikeletseng said this on Wednesday when giving an update on the preparations for the upcoming all Africa Games to be held in Congo Brazzaville from the 4th-9th of September 2015.
Reikeletseng pointed that there is a tendency that when teams go to such big games, Batswana are promised good results but when this is not attained administrators start giving excuses. “People usually give excuses of bad food, accommodation and improper preparations,” he said. Reikeletseng ordered that this should come to an end and sports administrators should start taking responsibility.
He said after deliberations with administrators of different sporting codes a target of 20 medals has been set for Team Botswana to bring home form the All Africa Games. Reikeletseng pointed that there will be no excuses for not attaining this target. “If this target is not attained then it will mean someone did not do their job and there will be consequences. People need to take responsibility of their action,” reiterated Reikeletseng.
He said BNSC has made it their duty to make sure that the athletes are well taken care of during the preparations and at the games to avoid excuses if there are no good results. “We are pulling all stops to make sure that the athletes are ready for competitions to go there and compete, not to take part,” he said.
At the past All Africa games Team Botswana brought home 16 medals which include 2 gold medals, 5 silvers and 9 bronze medals. Reikeletseng is adamant that this year the team will surpass the last medal count and even the set 20 medals target.
He is optimistic that Botswana Team will do very well at the competition given the quality preparations the different sporting codes are going through. According to him P2.5 million has been availed for the preparations of the games and they have been going-on well. The Ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture had allocated P30 million for both the preparations and competition.
Botswana will be sending a total of 140 athletes to the All Africa Games competitions. The country will be represented by 9 sporting codes which qualified for the games. Only football and basketball missed not as they could not qualify for the championships.
The team will leave for Congo Brazzaville on the 1st of September with their sending off ceremony being on the 31 August 2015. However, an advance party has already been sent to go and arrange everything for the athletes prior their arrival to make sure all is in order. Reikeletseng said the team will be leaving on the 1st of September so that they can acclimatise to the weather conditions so that they cannot have complication during the competitions.