Two months after the successful hosting of the Africa Zone 4.3 Boxing Championship in Gaborone where Botswana triumphed and emerged as regional champions, senior national team boxers are yet to be paid their appearance fees.
The tournament was held in April where Team Botswana amassed a total of nine medals being six gold medals, one silver and two bronze. However only camp allowances were paid to the athletes by Botswana National Sports Commission (BNSC).
Competitions, which are regional, continental and global as sanctioned by international sports governing bodies, are the only ones which attract the incentives provided the sports association has been given permission to compete by BNSC. As it stands boxers are paid camp allowance at a rate of P50.00 per day while they get appearance fees of P2 000.00 per match.
One boxer, who preferred to be anonymous, said even though it has been a long time since the competition was staged they haven’t been paid their dues and have not received any official communication with regard to when the payments will be made.
“We have been waiting for some time to get the payments but we have nothing at this time. Hopefully they will pay. They have only paid camp allowances after the tournament,” he said.
“This is so disturbing more so that the athletes performed well during the event so it was imperative for them to be paid as soon as possible. It’s demoralising that at this point they are still owed their money and they are going for camp in preparation for the All Africa Games,” said another source close to Botswana Boxing Association (BoBA).
According to the BNSC, they normally give sport associations two weeks to submit claims for their athletes, something which BoBA president Thato Patlakwe has confirmed they have fulfilled. “For us we just compile results, list of boxers and officials after tournaments and then send that to the BNSC who will then do their job. We have already sent the claim to them; it is just that sometimes it takes time for payments to be processed,” said Patlakwe.
BNSC Technical Director Bobby Gaseitsewe said any team which participates outside the country at international level is entitled to appearance fees and incentives. “Boxing team is entitled and will be fully paid according to our incentives policies but as of now we paid them camp allowances. We are just behind in paying appearance fees. This is because we allow codes to submit in two weeks after the competition and then we also have to satisfy ourselves before we send the claims to the Ministry of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development as the custodian of the policy and funder,” said Gaseitsewe.