The Botswana National Sports Council (BNSC) is now called Botswana National Sports Commission. This comes after the new Sports Act came into effect at the beginning of this month.
The chairperson of BNSC Solly Reikeletseng hailed this as a move that will take local sport to another level. He said this is the case because the Sport Council Act was adopted many years ago, meaning that it failed to cater for new developments in sports. “Now we are talking about consolidated efforts which will bring all partners to work as a unit,” he said. Now things like anti-doping have been adopted in the act and the professionalisation of sport, he said.
The Act is expected to help professionalise local sports and separate sports from recreational activities. Reikeletseng said that through this a lot of challenges will be addressed as they are also currently involved in the registration of affiliates. On how some of their affiliates feel considering the fact that some sporting codes might be harmed from being classified as recreational activities and denied funding from the government, Reikeletseng said everyone will have to respect the Act. He said this is the case because just like any law not everyone will agree with it. He said that right now they are making sure that the Act is implemented by sports bodies.
Secretary General for the local fencing federation Tumelo Ramogotsi was delighted that they were part of the sports body when it became a commission. He said that this will help the code in terms of development funds, though they have been told that they won’t be funded this year. He said in the time being they will be assisted through office space and will also have the opportunity to engage in a lot of programmes like Reba Bona Ha grassroots development programme.