The chairperson of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the Netball World Youth Cup has expressed delight at how preparations are currently going. Prisca Mokgadi said with about 75 per cent of the work already done, they are now putting up some final touches of the preparations. Mokgadi is adamant that although there are some works that are a little behind schedule, they will be ready in time for the tournament’s starting date. Some 20 netballing countries will soon descend into Botswana to take part in Netball World Youth Cup that takes place from 8-16 July 2017. Mokgadi insisted that they are going to deliver not only a successful competition but the one that meets the highest international standards. She said preparations are currently continuing well with only a few things behind time. “Everything is coming to conclusion and we will soon be starting the operation to hype the competition and take it to the people,” she said. Mokgadi said they are happy with the response they continue to get from the business community and the corporate world. She said the business community continues to take heed of their pleas for help. On top of the companies that have already pledged help and launched the sponsorship Mokgadi revealed that they will soon be unveiling another sponsorship deal from Mascom. “The companies are responding very well to our pleas. Even though most of the time we do not get what we have asked for initially, it is heart soothing that the companies are willing to come to the party and help us,” she explained.
She is adamant that if more companies come on board the competition will be a great success. She reminded Batswana that this is a competition for the whole nation and so everyone should come in to help in any way they can. On what still lacks behind, Mokgadi said the issue of the second venue is the one that still need more attention and urgency. Ditshupo hall still needs to be prepared into a proper netball pitch that meets the international standards. Mokgadi said negotiations are already underway with the venue management to see how well they can work on the venue. Nonetheless she promised that by the time the games start all will be in place. Mokgadi called on other companies to continue to pledge their support for this. The games are left with a little over 70 days to start and the opening ceremony will be at the UB Indoors sports arena on the 8th July 2017. Mokgadi called on Batswana to come at large in large numbers to the games in order to stand by the team. She said it is the support of Batswana that can give the team morale to compete well with the best countries in netball. She revealed that through the just launched games website more information will be shared about the games to keep Batswana updated. “The website is going to be very handy for us to pass information to the people, especially on issues of the ticketing, teams and results,” she said.