I quit – Reikeletseng

SHARE   |   Wednesday, 30 January 2019   |   By Ricardo Kanono
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Below is his statement:

Sports have been an integral part of my life from as little as I can remember. My true joy and passion has always been amongst people who have trained hard and testing the best in themselves in any field of play at any given time. I for many years committed my life to Karate, an art form which centres its teachings on discipline and preaches, Character, effort, etiquette, sincerity and self-control. These doctrines combined together produce a well-rounded individual who fits well in the society and puts their country first. Karate is a sport I excelled in, competed internationally, coached internationally and administered at a high level.

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The 8 years I spent at the helm of Sports in Botswana through the Grace of God were a joy and a marvel to be a part of. I have witnessed Botswana achieve its first medal at the Olympics, Botswana ranked amongst the best in most of the sporting codes, I have seen the world descending in our beautiful country as we hosted them for regional, continental and world events.

I can say with pride that Botswana Sports is a success story.

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None of these would have been achieved without the commitment and undying support of Batswana who dedicate their time, resources and any other means to ensure our athletes bring out the best in themselves.

Batswana deserve better. Batswana deserve leadership that is accountable for its actions, leadership that is willing to sacrifice itself for the love of their country or for the love of the industry they lead. In this day and age, the notion of ignoring errors and waiting for the next big story to cover up for our challenges are gone. Leadership should never allow public doubt to cloud its integrity, justified or not.

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It is against this backdrop that I have taken a decision to step down with immediate effect from the position of Botswana National Sports Commission Chairperson. This is a conscious decision arrived at because of the love I have for sports and I would not allow any of my personal and business arrangements to affect the work that has been done by fine men and women of this country for more than five decades. This decision will give me time to deal with some unfortunate incidents from my other business interests with a view to conclude the matters with all my stakeholders amicably.

I take this opportunity to thank Batswana, the corporate sector, media, teachers, coaches and all BNSC affiliates for making my work very easy throughout the years.

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In my execution of national duty, there are many that I have wronged, hurt, pained, I open my heart and my arms to you and ask for forgiveness, the nature of my wrongdoing was never personal but simply a means to facilitate national agenda. There is so much talent in this country and we need to continue harnessing it to reach the levels that will bring us glory. God Bless!  



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