Local table tennis fraternity has received a major boost following the election of a new executive committee to lead their association from 2019 and beyond.
Botswana Table Tennis Association (BTTA) has been struggling due to limited activities for clubs and players. However the election of Kudzanani Motswagole as the new president of the association has brought hope to many affiliates as he is regarded as a robust hardworking leader who is capable of securing sponsorships and staging tournaments, which will help take the sport, back to its glory days.
The new executive committee comprise of Motswagole as the president, William Olyn as secretary general, Oabona Raditloko as the treasurer and Kabo Mosarwe as competitions manager. Others are Katlego Nkwakweng, Tiro Motswasele and Shiv Pal as the youth development coordinator and additional members’ respectively. All the members were voted in unopposed.
BTTA is yet to stage a tournament in the 2019 season, which has brought frustration to the athletes. The last competition was staged in September 2018.
To make matters worse the calendar of events for this year is yet to be availed to the clubs, which means they (clubs) have just resorted to training with the hope that one day they will have a competitive engagement.
Player rankings were last updated in September.
Motswagole is now under pressure to turn things around and create optimism. He served as secretary general of BTTA from 2015-2017 and excelled with his then committee with the highlight of their tenure then having been establishing the first ever table tennis league.
Motswagole has conceded that there is a lot of work to be done to restore the dignity that the sport lost in the past years. “First of all we have to ensure we work on compliance of the association and its affiliates with set standards of supreme bodies and amend the current constitution to align it with the Botswana National Sports Commission (BNSC) and make it easier for the committee to drive their strategy since the current one only gives office bearers just two years hence a huge challenge to drive a cycle of policy which normally requires a minimum of four years. In addition we are going to develop a new strategic plan since the one that have been used have elapsed,” he said.
According to Motswagole, the transformation of table tennis is going to be based on good governance as well as hosting as many tournaments as possible in order to bring back the lost players. “We are aiming at improving our level of competitiveness both continentally and internationally for both players and officials through giving them as much exposure as possible locally so that they enter the higher level with less mistakes and more confidence. We are also very much willing, with funds permitting to increase prize money range as an attraction model to the table tennis players. We simply want green books when it comes to audits and for us to achieve this we ought to ensure proper day to day running of the association,” said Motswagole.