Things are not looking good for Botswana Darts Association (BODA) as the journey for the Region V games looks faded.
BODA public relations officer, Thato Maphorisa revealed that the association does not have enough funds to send a team to Namibia for the games.
He revealed that the association has acquired P50 000 from Botswana National Sports Council (BNSC) for the year 2022/23. The funds should cover all the association costs.
Meanwhile, he said the association needs between P150 000 and P250 000 to send a team to the event. He said P150 000 is the minimum required to cover only a limping squad without substitutes, while P200 000 will cover an entire team with substitutes.
According to Maphorisa the only thing that the association is well prepared for is the players. BODA has selected 23 individuals including 14 males and 12 females for the national team.
The spokesperson said the BODA national team has never taken any position lower than three. He said if the majority of team members compete at the games, the team will acquire more points.
“I have no doubt that with this team we are going to compete not just to participate. Currently we need the funds for the following; camp which is scheduled for the 21st August, transport to and from Namibia, accommodation whilst in Namibia, food, playing kits and if possible allowances,” he said.
Maphorisa noted that the National Executive Committee (NEC) has joined hands with players to try to acquire funds for the journey.
“BODA is fortunate that players do not just sit and wait for the management to give them everything. We are one of the cheapest sports to sponsor. I am appealing to potential sponsors to help us now. Darters might be forced to sponsor themselves, something that we really do not want to end up resorting to,” he said.
The Region V Games are scheduled to be played from August 29th to September 3rd, 2022.