Botswana Athletics Association (BAA) has been hailed for producing athletes that excel on the international arena. The Botswana National Sports Commission (BNSC) technical director Bobby Gaseitsewe has however cautioned the association to revisit its development strategy to ensure continuity. BAA has over the years represented the country well at international championships. Gaseitsewe said it is because of this reason that BAA was identified to benefit from getting a fully flagged secretariat to help them improve further.
He said for BAA to continue with the good work it must have a systematic system that will see them developing more athletes. “Development has to be systematic to make sure that we maintain the good work that we are doing,” said Gaseitsewe. He acknowledged that it is not by chance that Botswana continues to do well in athletics, pointing out it is because of the plan that BAA has. He urged BAA to look back at its strategic plan to determine if it is still operational and project it for the future. He said there is need to produce more athletes of the likes of Nijel Amos, Isaac Makwala and Amantle Montsho for the future. Gaseitsewe said it is BNSC’s aim to help empower all the sporting codes especially that continue to do well.
Asked how they are helping BAA as the sport governing body in Botswana, Gaseitsewe said the BNSC has always been supportive to athletics. “BAA continues to benefit from a number of programmes like the Zebras fund where athletes are sponsored by the BNSC. This is on top of the grants availed to the sporting code,” said Gaseitsewe. Because of their good work BAA had been identified by BNSC to get a fully-fledged secretariat headed by a Chief Executive Officer. “The process to get a secretariat is on-going and everything will be revealed after the process have been completed,” highlighted Gaseitsewe. This development has been welcomed by BAA. Glody Dube – BAA Vice President – believes it will help to further grow their association. Dube said currently they are running the association as volunteers as they also have they jobs. He said the initiative by BNSC is a good move that will see BAA grow to another level.