Sunday, September 24, 2023

Glody Dube throws in the towel

Long-serving Botswana Athletics Association (BAA) administrator Glody Dube has resigned from the association.

The official resignation brings to an end several weeks of uncertainty over the future of Dube at the BAA.

The first signs of Dube’s intention to call it quits at the BAA are said to have become visible during the BAA Athletics Pitso, which was held at the end of October this year. 

At the said Pitso, Dube is said to have made known his intentions to resign, but was requested by the BAA hierarchy to hold the fort for a little while.

However, everything is said to have fallen apart this past Monday as the former Olympic 800m finalist, who was also serving as the BAA Vice President, tendered his resignation letter to the association.

According to insiders, in the terse three- sentence letter, which is dated December 5, 2016, Dube does not give reasons for his resignation.

“The first sentence refers to his decision to ‘tender my resignation as Vice President of the BAA,’” the source explained.

“Then came two more sentences which read; “I wish the office and other structures the best. If I can be of any help during transition please do not hesitate to contact me,” the source continued.

Contacted for comment on Monday to give reasons for his resignation he said; “My hands are full and I want to do other things.” 

Asked whether he did not resign because of sport politics he said; “It is one of the things that made me to resign even though you can’t run away from sport politics” he observed. 

He added; “Sometimes you are working in an environment that is not conducive for you to deliver and you have to move away from that place and pursue other things that are beneficial to you.” 

He observed that when one is volunteering sport is taxing and one can miss on life opportunities that are there. 

“I also want to concentrate fully on teaching kids. I am a teacher at Modipane Primary School,” he explained. 

He further explained that he did not want to compromise the education of his students by engaging in many community work that is demanding, thus taking time off his core work.

Dube, who founded and runs the Sports View Athletics Club, is not lost to the sport that made him famous. He will continue administering athletics from his club and other forums. 

Dube is the first Botswana Athlete to reach the finals of the 800 metres in 2000 at the Sydney summer Olympics. 

Dube has served close to 10 years in the executive committee of BAA. He was one of the resource people in the BAA who provided technical sport know-how to the association. 

Among the athletes that passed through his club include the Orange 2016 Phikwe Marathon champion Onneile Dintwe. 

Dintwe is currently based in South Africa plying his talent with Nedbank Athletics Club.


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