BVF mull new League format

SHARE   |   Wednesday, 15 May 2019   |   By Baitshepi Sekgweng
BVF mull new League format

Botswana Volleyball Federation (BVF)  has not yet given up  on  securing a sponsor   for the national  league as  they still  busy  trying to  strike some deals  with  some companies  in order  for the league to  be staged. Since BVF has been using the April-November league time from most pundits have ruled the possibility of staging the domestic league this year as they believe time has already passed. However the volleyball governing body  believes  they  will resort to  the August-March  league format provided  they   secure  a sponsorship deal with any of their negotiating  partners as early  as this winter season.

BVF was dealt  a heavy blow  last year when Mascom  ditched them  without  renewing  their partnership  which dates  from  years back. That  left  BVF and teams in the lurch  considering  that   this year is a hectic  one for volleyball when it comes to international  tournaments therefore is was very  vital  for the country  to  have  running domestic league in order to keep players more especially  national team athletes busy and active. Though Mascom  seemed to have been  impressed by the  league   towards the end of last year  one thing that might have   turned  away the  mobile network company away is  the fact that  the league games  were not receiving  coverage on  national television so they believed  they  were not getting value for their money.

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According to BVF Vice president -Administration Ndibo Lebala, all is not lost as they are still trying harder to bring on board some new partners. “We have not yet given up on staging the league; though the normal starting time has passed we can still explore the idea of August-March format which aligns with the international calendar of volleyball. But if it fails then we will resort for the cup tournaments because our national teams need the league to perform better at the international competitions. Negotiations  are very  promising it is just  that  sometimes these companies  can raise  your hopes and then change on the way but  we do have high hopes for the best. Something will come up,” said Lebala.

National Teams

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The teams  will  soon  be  heading All Africa Games qualifiers which are slated for Mozambique from the 30th of May until  the  7th of June where both   teams  will battle out with the rest of  Zone VI region  countries  to secure a spot  for  the games. The  teams will then head to the Africa Nations Cup  which will be held Tunisia  for ladies  from the 5th-15th July  while men’s  competition will be staged  in  Egypt from the 20th -30th of July. The Arica Cup also acts as a qualifier to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

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“We have a partnership with Slovenia which is still on the cards and the good thing is that it is fully supported by Ministry of Youth Empowerment, Sports & Culture Development. We are going to send out   two teams there for training in Europe in preparation for all the upcoming activities mores especially the Olympic Qualifiers. But now  the problem  has been  securing   Visas  because one  has to  apply  for Egyptian  visa  then spend  about 16 days  there  to obtain Slovenian visa. We recently   found an alternative   route through Italy so the visas for the delegation will be done on the   9th of May with the delegation expected to depart on the 22nd,” said Lebala.



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