Corporate companies have been called to take part in the development of local sport by sponsoring tournaments. The patron of the 2017 Botswana Games Tiny Kgatlwane made this plea this week when giving an update on preparations of the games which kick-start tomorrow (Monday) in Gaborone. Kgatlwane called on the companies to come on board and sponsor the games in any way they can. She said it is never too late for them to come on board. Kgatlwane said by sponsoring these games companies will be supporting their own children and helping them to excel in sport. Kgatlwane however acknowledged the struggle that local companies are having financially hence she said they can help in any way they can. She also thanked all the other companies that came on board to support the games. “I thank all those who have come on board to help us because without them government alone would not cope,” she said. As the 2017 Botswana Games starts Monday the Local Organising Committee is confident that they will deliver successful games. The games’ LOC chairman Bobby Gaseitsiwe said it is all systems go. The 2017 Botswana games will see 16 districts descend on Gaborone to compete in 14 sporting codes. This year there has been an addition of one new code to the games being Judo which has not been part of the games in the past.
As these games involve the U-19s from all over the country security will be very tight. He said Botswana Police and private security companies have been engaged to make sure that the athletes are secure at all times. “Since these children will be under our custody during the games, it is our interest that they are secure at all times,” he said. The opening ceremony for the games will be held today (Sunday) at the National stadium from 5-8pm with the first games starting on Monday morning. Gaseitsewe urged on Batswana to come in large numbers to support and give encouragement to the young ones during the games. For his part the Botswana National Sport Commission CEO Falcon Sedimo said Botswana Games are very important as they are part of a deliberate sport development plan for young athletes. Sedimo said these games provide young athletes with an opportunity to test their abilities as well as prepare for regional competitions. It is from these games that some of Botswana’s finest athletes were unearthed. “These games are a very important stepping stone in the development of our sport locally,” said Sedimo.