Sunday, January 24, 2021

BOBA downplays coup to axe executive committee

Some disgruntled members of Botswana Boxing Association (BOBA) are planning a coup against its leadership. The concerned group see the sport regressing and dying hence their resolution to move a motion of no confidence.  The eminent coup is expected to be executed during the Annual General Meeting (AGM) through a motion of no confidence on the entire executive committee. The AGM is expected to be staged this coming Saturday.

The concerned group complain of maladministration and little or no desire to implement the four year BoBA plans.

BOBA Public Relations Officer (PRO) Taolo Tlouetsile said the BoBA does not know of any issues concerning the motion of no confidence which is anticipated to take place at the AGM. He said, “clubs have not filed anything concerning a motion, as such I cannot clarify something i am not aware of.”

Asked on the strategy that was recently written and if it will be presented at the AGM, Tlouetsile said “Clubs were part of the draft document, we will notify them when the document is available.”

The strategy is said to be in alignment with the Botswana National Sports Commission (BNSC) one. He said, “The BNSC goal is to achieve 5 gold medals at the 2028 Olympics, we agreed that boxing should bring one.”

Tlouetsile further highlighted that there is need to increase BOBA personnel. “We need to increase the number of trained coaches, referees and judges. Also we need a full time national coach,” he added.

Former BOBA PRO Willougby Kemoen is one of the concerned by the status of the local sport. “I am equally concerned about the regression of the boxing like other progressive people who see the sport dying.”

On the weekend meeting he said “I heard the meeting of the concerned took place and I am yet to hear the outcome of their meeting and their intentions,” said Kemoen.

He further noted that as BoBA they need to reduce dependency on BNSC grants hence the need to attract sponsors to sustain sport. He said “We need sponsors, so that we can host regional and continental events. This is because we want to have more boxers competing and winning at regional, continental and international competitions,” said Kemoen.

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