The coronavirus may be here, but the country’s sport is learning to wrestle with the disease.
Over the weekend, the Botswana Wrestling Federation (BWF) successfully hosted an Online Wrestling and Rope Skipping Independence Tournament.
At least 66 wrestlers and rope skippers from 11 Wrestling and Rope Skipping Clubs participated in the tournament.
The 11 clubs which took part in the event are Mahalapye, Gabane, Moshupa, Kanye, Tonota, Francistown, Jwaneng, Palapye, Letlhakeng, Tsabong and Bobonong Wrestling & Rope Skipping Clubs.
The competition categories included Wrestling Starting Position, Single rope speed, sprint 30 seconds and single rope speed sprint.
Mahalapye Club emerged the champions of the inaugural competition, which was organised to keep athletes active.
Speaking of the event, BWF president Moagi Sharp said he was happy with the level of attendance at the event.
“The level of participation was outstanding since it was the first time to organize an online event with such a number of participants,” an elated Sharp said.
Better still, the BWF president said he was also impressed by the competition participants and their enthusiasm and commitment.
“I was really impressed by all the participants more particularly on Wrestling Starting Position and Single Rope Speed Endurance 180 seconds,” he said.
While the event went smoothly, Sharp said they had some teething problems, more especially in relation to internet connectivity.
“Our challenges were that majority of participants had challenges of slow network which made it difficult for them to send videos to the judges,” Sharp observed.
Another major challenge is the continued shortage of sponsors to partner with the BWF. Sharp said the federation is in need of sponsors and partners to take wrestling to greater hights in terms of growth.
Meanwhile, as Botswana is preparing for the return of contact sport, the BWF is said to be targeting to host nine wrestling events in the 2020 calendar of events.
The BWF president notes that the return of contact sports will help them to continue events as the federation had only held just three of itsscheduled yearly events.