The Botswana Table Tennis Association (BTTA) has vowed to take stern measures against clubs which do not comply with the federation’s code of conduct.
This forms part of the new committee’s efforts to transform the sport and take it back to glory days. For the past two years table tennis has been dormant without any meaningful activity to the disappointment of players who wanted action.
The new committee led by Kudzanani Motswagole wants to change all that – starting with restoring order among members.
As of now BTTA has 11 clubs under its fold with only four having paid their affiliation fees to the association and are in good standing with the Registrar of Societies when it comes to submission of yearly returns.
Only Nhabe, Smash Maniacs, Kanye and BDF table tennis clubs have complied and are full affiliates. The remaining seven clubs amongst them Moshupa Spinners, New Horizon and True Identity are yet to pay affiliation fees. However, the teams have been given three months to comply but failure to do so will attract deregistration from BTTA.
During the BTTA Club championship which was held at St Joseph’s College only four fully affiliated teams competed. The affiliation fee is P500 per annum. Motswagole said they are advocating for transformation of table tennis.
“Our approach was to advocate for the game while playing table tennis and the plan worked well because as we speak we have seven out of 10 clubs which are fully complying and the numbers are increasing daily. Also we targeted the administrators for the penalties as we have resolved that no national team manager or coach will come from a club which is not affiliated. During the past club championships only affiliated teams did compete and we are still going to impose more penalties for non-compliance. So far we are winning the battle against compliance,” he said.
Despite BTTA calling for clubs to affiliate , they too have a mammoth task of affiliating to some of international bodies or else local players stand a risk to miss some of international tournaments. BTTA is yet to affiliate to Africa Region 5 Table Tennis, Africa Table Tennis Federation and International Table Tennis Federation. They are affiliated to the Commonwealth Table Tennis Federation. Since Botswana is yet to affiliate to Africa Region 5 local ping pong players risk a chance of not competing at the regional championships which are slated for December in Lesotho. Though the championships have been sanctioned as 2020 Olympic qualifiers non affiliates will not be allowed to take part in – a reason why BTTA is running round to comply.
“It is a closed issue; we are getting all relevant documents to pay affiliation fees. By the end of the second quarter we will be clean in all affiliations,” promised Motswagole.