With Botswana women softball team having secured a spot at the coming WBSC World Championships, the focus will now turn to the 2020 Olympics to be held in Japan. This has been revealed by the Katlholo Mosimanegape, who was the team’s head of delegation at the 2018 Women’s Softball African Championships held in South Africa last week. Mosimanegape said as the women teams will be featured at the coming Olympics; it is the desire of Botswana Softball Association (BSA) to send this team. The women softball team secured the place at the World Championships to be held in August after becoming African champions. Botswana beat South Africa (hosts) 5in the final. The local team put up a redeeming performance as earlier they lost 9-5 to South Africa. Mosimanegape said the team is in a good shape but can still do better. “I believe the team can do a lot better than they did,” he said.
The team coach Bobby Khupe was also quoted in the media saying he was happy with the performance of the team. “The team’s performance was fine though a few athletes still need polishing,” he said. The coach further expressed worry about the small mistakes that the team committed. He, however, said with time they will work on them to fine tune the team. Mosimanegape, who is also BSA vice president, said with more hard work the team will be ready to take on the world. He said with the preparation programmes lined-up he believes the team will get to the world championships in a very good state to compete not to participate. “Following the good performance of men last year, we would want to see now even the ladies doing just as well,” he said.
He revealed that as BSA they have decided to also give this team a chance to qualify for the 2020 Olympics. “The women’s teams will be featured at the Olympics in Japan and our aim is for this team to reach the games,” he said. He pointed out that the team will be given support to prepare for the games. He said they are already working with relevant stakeholders like Botswana National Olympic Committee (BNOC) and Botswana National Sport Commission (BNSC) to see how best they can prepare the team. Meanwhile, the just released WBSC rankings have shown great improvement on Botswana senior men team. The rankings placed Botswana in position twelve in the world. This follows the team’s great performance at last year’s World Championships where Botswana finished in the Top 8 for the first time in history. In the women’s side Botswana is at position 33 in the world.