When last year’s BNSC Awards were hosted top athlete Isaac Makwala was red hot – an overnight sensation that had catapulted to global fame by running a 200m dash alone on the track at the World Championship.
Yet some locals watched in awe as their most precious athlete – with a global appeal – was left out of the awards; receiving nothing when he was on everyone’s lips. There was simply no athlete that came close to him in national acclamation. It didn’t matter even as an explanation was offered that his big achievements were coming late when the selections for possible medal winners had already been closed.
Luckily, he will finally have his shot at an award. He remains an outright favourite for the Sportsman of the Year and the ultimate crown of Sportsperson of the Year. Winners will be announced on September 15, 2018 at Ba Isago Convention Centre.
Makwala is nominated for Sportsman of the Year Ofentse Bakwadi (Karate) and Rajab Otukile Mohammed (Boxing). Makwala won silver with the men 4 X 400m at the IAAF World relays in the Bahamas; IAAF Diamond league winner in 400m; Made history running a solo 200m race at the World Championship after being forced off the 400m with an illness; and made history becoming the first man to run a sub 20s and a sub 45sec in the 200m and 400m respectively on the same day.
Bakwadi won gold medal winner in the senior individual kata at the Regional championship in Mozambique; won gold (in team and individual kata at the Africa Senior Karate championship; won another gold in individual kata at the Hayashi-Ha World Championship.
Mohammed on the other hand won silver at the Africa Boxing Championship in Congo; and qualified for the World Boxing Championships in Hamburg, Germany.
Other categories are: Junior Female Sportsperson of the year where nominees are Maxine Egner (Swimming); Naledi Marape (Chess) and Oarabile Tshosa (athletics)
Junior Male Sportsperson of the Year nominees: James Freeman (Swimming);
Bernard Olesitse (athletics - 400m); and Thabang Setshego (Karate);
Sports Administrator of the Year
• Tshepho Bathai (President BOKA); Busani Agreement Segweni (President BOPSSA); and Motlhokomedi Thabano (President BCF).
National Team of the Year: Under 21 Netball Team (Dinaletsana);
Men 4 X 400m Relay (Baboloki Thebe, Nijel Amos, Isaac Makwala, Leaname Maotoanong, Onkabetse Nkobolo & Karabo Sibanda); and Men Softball Team.
National Sport Association (NSA) of the Year: Botswana Boxing Association; Botswana Karate Association; and Botswana Athletics Association.
Sportswoman of the Year: Aratwa Kasemang – Boxing; Amantle Montsho – Athletics; and Lame Hetanang – Karate.
Umpire/Referee of the Year: Tshepo Kelaotswe – Athletics; Emmanuel Kgaboetsile Badminton; and Dorothy Okachi- Basketball.
Coach of the Year: Lechedzani Luza – Boxing; Justice Dipeba – Athletics; and Otto Tafa – Karate.
There will also be media awards and the Chairperson’s award.