The second edition of the Botswana Games was on Friday sponsored to a staggering tune of P2.3 million for the 16 nationwide districts, which will be competing from the 14TH of December in Gaborone.
Officiating at the unveiling of the second group of sponsors, the Assistant Minister of Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, Mr. Mokgweetsi Masisi, applauded the sponsors for the courage and commitment to Botswana sports as they had come forward during a time when nations and companies had to cut their budgets due to the global recession. He stated that the games, which started last year, are gaining momentum as evidenced by “the number of athletes who are going to participate in the games”. He said that indeed it is a clear reflection of the level of enthusiasm and commitment by the youth in this country.
Masisi also commended the Botswana National Sports Council (BNSC) for working tirelessly to host the event.
On behalf of the sponsors, the Deputy Director of Public Affairs of the University of Botswana, Mr. Tefo Mangope, said he was honoured by the second group of sponsors to have heeded the BNSC call to help in funding the games, saying they recognize sport as a major contributor to national development.
“As a result, here at UB, we have set out to strengthen engagement in this and other areas of national development,” he said. As part of making the event a success, UB has extended a waiver of accommodation and other facility costs during the games to the tune of P600 000.
The games, which are slated to end on the 19th of December, will be held at the UB Stadium and will see teams from 16 nationwide districts battling it out in the following sporting codes: athletics, badminton, basketball, boxing, chess, football, karate, netball, softball, swimming, tennis and volleyball.
The first group of sponsors, which were unveiled on the 3rd of November, donated P688 000 and included Chemical industries Botswana, Mmegi Monitor, Soap Box Communications, Gaborone Sun, Security Systems, Tswana Bus Builders and AT & T Monnakgtla.
Today’s sponsors were the Chinese Embassy, Kingdom Bank Africa Limited, Legae Investors, Angels Enterprises, Cally Clothing, JB Sports, Avis, MRI Botswana, Gabs FM, UB, Canon Botswana, Softball Sales and Ticknet.