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BTTA mops up

SHARE   |   Wednesday, 25 September 2019   |   By Baitshepi Sekgweng
Bonolo Mabote of Botswana competing against Sudan in the table tennis in 11th Africa Games in Brazzaville on 11 September 2015 Bonolo Mabote of Botswana competing against Sudan in the table tennis in 11th Africa Games in Brazzaville on 11 September 2015

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.

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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.

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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.

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“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.

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“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.

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