The Botswana National Olympic Committee (BNOC) on Friday signed a long term athlete’s development agreement with Sport Performance Management Company.
The development agreement will go a long way in assisting in the development and growth of sports in the country.
BNOC Vice president, Botsang Tshenyego, noted that the whole initiative is driven by BNOC and is supported by the International Olympic Committee.
He explained that they are convinced the whole program will go a long way in assisting in the development and growth of sports in Botswana.
“In the first phase of the initiative, the delegate from Sport Performance Management will meet with various sports codes and other stakeholders in sports. These meetings will last for two weeks,” he said.
He further explained that at the end of the whole program, the document the company will hand over to them will basically contain information on ways of developing sports from a very early stage.
“The document or report will basically contain information on how talent can be identified. It will also go a long way in helping the country improve its sports excellence,” he said.
He stated that the program is expected to last for six months, ending June this year. A representative from the Sport Performance Management, Dr. Peter Davis told The Sunday Standard that their main aim is to work towards development of sports in various countries.
“We work with National Olympic Committees in different countries as a sport performance consultancy. That is so because we work closely with the various sports bodies there for the development of their sports codes,” he said.
He added that they have been involved in development programs of youths for the past 25 years in six different countries and are pleased with the work they have done attributing it to the fact that more countries are showing interest in using their services.
“In the first phase of our program, we will be meeting with sport codes and stakeholders to find out what systems they have put in place so as to be able to come up with a suitable program here,” he said.
Davis noted that these meetings are important in the sense that one cannot just build up a program without any knowledge of what is already in place.
“To avoid clashes and conflicts, one needs to fully assess the system before putting any program into action.