The Botswana National Olympic Committee (BNOC) board has resolved to start score cards to review the performance of board members during their tenure on the board. The resolution, which is yet to be adopted by the BNOC members, was taken during the BNOC Board retreat that was held during the first weekend of February this year. Speaking in an interview, the BNOC Chief Executive Officer, Tuelo Serufho, said the decision was taken to take stock of how each individual board member performs during their time in office.
Should this resolution be adopted by BNOC members, a quarterly review of each member will be undertaken and the score card availed to the BNOC members to check if they carry out their mandates.
“As the ones voting for board members, we felt the BNOC members should have these reviews availed to them so that they can know how the people they voted into the board are performing. This will help them to be aware as to who can be retained in the board and who cannot be voted for again and will thus increase efficiency,” the BNOC CEO explained.
Apart from the BNOC Board, Serufho said the board has also resolved to improve the score card review of the BNOC Secretariat to see if they are performing their duties accordingly. He said in view of the Secretariat being responsible for the day to day running of the BNOC, the board found it fitting that their review be improved if the BNOC is to move forward.
Serufho said under the improved review of employees’ performance, regular assessments will be undertaken to check if employees meet their contractual obligations during the time they are contracted to the BNOC.
Another area which came under review, according to Serufho, is the review of the BNOC’s strategic plan of 2008 ÔÇô 2016. With the plan already in the midpoint of its timeframe and already having been tested at the Commonwealth as well as the London 2012 Olympics, the BNOC took time to review it going into upcoming major games.
“We have major games coming next year, the Africa Youth Games, World Youth Games and the Commonwealth Games and we had not set targets for these. We, therefore, sat down to do as such but as with other resolutions taken at the retreat, they will also have to be adopted by the BNOC members before they can be made official,” Serufho explained. Meanwhile, the BNOC board has also resolved that there should be more focus on the athletes and federations to create synergy between them and the BNOC. “We realized that part of the problem we had in our preparations for the Olympics was the lack of synergy between the BNOC and the federations and athletes. Each had their own preparation plans and this led to last minute qualification push, which resulted with injury to athletes and failure of some to qualify for the games,” Serufho explained.
On other issues related to the review of the BNOC, he said the board found that the BNOC’s performance on delivery of strategic points has at most been average. “There have been areas where we performed well and those where we did very poorly. However, in most areas of our strategic points, we had an average performance. When we looked into the results, the good and the bad areas of performance balanced each other and thus we rated our performance as average,” he explained.
On other resolutions taken at the retreat, the BNOC board has resolved to lobby the government to finance the BNOC preparations for games from the development budget, not the recurrent budget as is the case at the moment.
According to Serufho, should this be accepted, it will ensure that finances for athletes’ preparations are always available and there will be no reason for athletes’ preparations to continue being disjointed.
Serufho said they are looking forward to the BNOC affiliates workshop which will be held sometime in March to adopt the resolutions taken by the BNOC board.