BNSC warns warring affiliates
The internal strives that have rocked local sporting codes over the years may become a thing of the past if Botswana National Sport Council (BNSC) lives up to its word of cracking the whip.
BNSC chairperson Solly Reikeletseng warned affiliates during their ordinary general meeting (OGM) this week about a looming stern policy that will help address the disturbing situation.
Reikeletseng said the infightings were fuelled by former executive members who after losing elections discredit others with malicious allegations. “I am worried that after democratic elections those who would have lost begin to bad-mouth others and accuse them of misappropriation public funds and absuse of office,” he said. What infuriates him more, he said, was that these allegations are made without any substantive proof to derail sport development.
He warned that the BNSC with the approval of the affiliates will come up with stern penalties that could even see such perpetrators banned from sport for life. He regretted that most of the time the dirty linen is washed in public before sponsors and potential sponsors. “These things make us sports people look like we are only good at misusing funds than anything else,” argued Reikeletseng.
According to him, internal strives have the potential of destroying sport development in the country. He therefore urged all those who are elected into office at respective codes to take good governance as a key deliverable and be alive to causes of conflicts and put measures in place to prevent them.
The affiliates unanimously welcomed Reikeletseng’s policy suggestions with Nelson Amanze of Botswana Tennis Association even calling for the policy to be implemented with immediate effect. Amanze said it will help to fight the growing destruction made to sport codes. He said he supports this because BTA has been a victim of such internal strife and it is affecting the smooth-running of the association.
Botswana Football Association (BFA) President Tebogo Sebego also threw his weight behind Reikeletseng in support of the policy. He said it is a good initiative that will ensure the pruning of unwanted elements.
Judo representative also supported the move, saying there is a need for harsh punishment and policy because reputations of people have been damaged in the past by allegations that are malicious and non-factual. “I cannot agree more because this is also a bad culture that we are teaching the upcoming athletes and administrators and it should really come to a stop,” the representative added.
Reikeletseng assured affiliates that the policy document will be presented to them at the next council meeting in July. However, some affiliates also feel there should be a confidentiality clause binding even siting committee members not to disclose information out to third parties. They said it is some of the members who aid the perpetrators to destroy the sporting codes because they leak information to them.
Sports codes such as Botswana Karate Association, Botswana Athletics Association and Botswana Tennis Association have recently come under infighting distress.