Botswana Softball Association (BSA) emerged as the biggest winner from the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) congress which was held in Gaborone last weekend. While accolades were in order for BSA to have successfully hosted the world event, the association was also named the National Federation of the Year award alongside New Zealand. Furthermore BSA president Tirelo Mukokomani was elected into the WBSC Board as an additional Member (Member at Large). These have been seen as good developments that will help further catapult the association in the international arena. Mukokomani said being voted the National Federation of the Year in the world is a sign that the BSA is doing something good. He said the award was given looking at the day-to-day administration, governance as well as the performance of the teams. He explained that it is encouraging for the international community to recognise what BSA is doing and that will keep them working hard for the growth of softball in Botswana. On his election to the WBSC board Mukokomani, who has always been hopeful for the position, said it is high time that Botswana sport administrators take part in decision making at the international level. He said this is what has made him to vie for a position in the WBSC board. “I believe sport in Botswana is growing and we need to be part of decision making at international level. We cannot afford to be bystanders anymore and let others make decisions for us,” he said.
The BSA president, however, applauded the softball delegates to have elected him to this position. Mukokomani’s election to the WBSC board as a Member at Large will go down in the history books as it is the first time that the position is occupied by an African. “I would like to applaud the delegates for entrusting me with this position. This means that they are recognising the ability that African administrators have,” said Mukokomani. His election brings to two the number of Africans in the board with South African Mashilo Matsetela having been voted Vice Chairman for Africa. Their election to the board increased Africa’s representation at the world body, a development that can positively benefit the region. This means that Botswana will now have access to someone who is close to softball decision makers, opening room for the BSA to have input in the governing body affairs. Asked how this will benefit him personally, Mukokomani said he did not stand for the position to advance his personal goals. Though he acknowledges that he will benefit in terms of broadening his administration skills his main aim is to help push for the development of softball locally and internationally. The passionate Mukokomani called on other sport administrators across all sporting codes to challenge for positions in world bodies since local sport has shown tremendous growth over the years. “We are capable of running sport at world stage; what is stopping us from breaking into this,” he quizzed.