The recently retired Botswana Football Association (BFA) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Oakantse Malesu is the latest candidate to express interest in the Botswana National Olympics Committee (BNOC) presidency.
Malesu’s candidature brings to four the number of candidates expected to slug it out for the BNOC top post, which will become vacant when the current president Negros Kgosietsile vacates office.
Kgosietsile, who has led the BNOC for the past sixteen years, will not be seeking reelection when the committee meets for its elective AGM next month.
Malesu is now expected to face off against Botswana Netball Association (BONA) and Africa Netball president Tebogo Lebotse-Sebego, BNOC senior vice president Botsang Tshenyego and Botswana Volleyball Federation (BVF) president, Daniel Molaodi in the race.
Speaking in an interview, Malesu, who left his employ at the BFA at the end of last month, confirmed he had joined the race for the BNOC presidency.
“No disrespect to all the other candidates in the race, they are good administrators but I believe I am the best candidate for the job and I am standing for elections,” the former Botswana Karate Association (BOKA) and Botswana Swimming Association (BSA) proclaimed.
Having led karate, swimming and football, Malesu said he believes he has all the necessary experience to successfully lead the BNOC.
“Whichever sporting code I have led, I have always been able to produce results within a very short time. My record speaks for itself,” the immediate past BFA CEO said.
Malesu said should he be elected to lead the BNOC, his main priority will be to ensure the recently launched BNOC 2017 ÔÇô 2020 Strategic Plan is implemented.
“For a very long time now, our sports bodies have always had very good strategic plans. However, time and again, they have failed to implement such strategic plans and have thus failed to achieve. I have shown in my previous roles of leadership that I am an administrator capable of implementing strategic plans of the organization I am leading,” he declared.
The former BSA president said another one of his priorities, will be to seek a good working relationship with the Botswana National Sports Council (BNSC).
“There needs to be clearly defined roles which both the BNOC and BNSC should play. I believe the BNOC should focus on elite sports while the BNSC focuses on development. Working together, this can improve our delivery as sport both locally and internationally,” he said.
For him to take a decision to stand, Malesu said he has had some different sporting codes approaching him to stand for the BNOC top post.
Malesu however said so far, he has got no team to campaign with, citing that he would rather prefer to go it alone if possible.
“In my years as a sports administrator, I have come to the realization that working in factional groups can cloud an administrator’s judgment, more especially when misunderstandings erupt. It is therefore my belief that candidates should elected on merit and not on the power of cliques they are affiliated to,” he said.
This will not be the first time Malesu has stood for the BNOC presidency. He contested for the same seat against Kgosietsile back in 2013 but lost.
Meanwhile, BNOC CEO Tuelo Serufho says the public will only know candidates for the BNOC presidency on the 15th of this month.
According to Serufho, nominations will be closed on the 6th of this month (September).
Candidates will be banking on the over 30 BNOC affiliates to elect one of them to lead the country’s sporting organization.