Botswana Softball Association (BSA) is set to launch a local organising committee (LOC) soon that will be tasked with the responsibilities of shaping up the proceedings for the World Baseball/Softball Congress that is billed for Botswana, Gaborone, in October next year.
Botswana won the bid to host the congress after it beat the set submission deadline among other countries around the world.
BSA President Tirelo Mokokomani says the preparations are still at infancy stage since they are waiting for approval of budgets from the government and Botswana National Sports Commission (BNSC) in order for them to start in earnest.
“We found it vital to assemble a local organising committee that comprises of men and women of different sports backgrounds because this is a national project which needs joint efforts from all stakeholders. We have long submitted our budgets that entail the whole plan on how we want to carry out the preparations and we are waiting for the government and BNSC’s approval because they are our key sponsors,” he said.
He further stated that there are key factors that are being considered before one can be awarded the bid to host events of such a magnitude in terms of availability of facilities and economy of the country, amongst the others.
“The confederation overseeing world baseball and softball assesses the host nation looking at how active they are in softball; their performance at continental level, resources and other factors. Botswana is a very active in the sport; we have a national league, development structures are in place and administration wise we are good and recognised worldwide,” he added.
Since Botswana lacks sports facilities (playing grounds) which deter them to host tournaments of high standards, BSA fought hard to at least bid for a world congress on their efforts to archive the 2028 BNSC Mission and Vision which involves hosting of international events.
Mokokomani added that they were expecting a delegation from the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) next month for further inspection on the their abilities.
“We are expecting a team of these delegates to come and check on the progress we have made thus far so as to help where we might need assistance,” said Mokokomani.