Monday, January 17, 2022

Kgosietsile leads Olympic committee

The Botswana National Olympic (BNOC) President, Negroes Kgosietsile, has promised the council’s affiliates that it will not be ‘business as usual’ in his next four year tenure at the helm of the council. Speaking during his acceptance speech after being voted to lead the BNOC during its Quadrennial General Assembly (QGA) held at the Gaborone International Convention Centre (GICC) this past weekend, Kgosietsile promised affiliates that for him and his new committee ‘it will be business with added value,’ as Batswana and the sporting fraternity need more than was last offered. Coming of a four year period that had seen the BNOC register good growth and successes, Kgosietsile said his and the committee’s job won’t be any easier than it was in the past.

The BNOC President, who beat off a challenge from the youthful Ookeditse Malesu to win the race to continue leading the BNOC, informed the affiliates that during his next four years at the helm, his determination will be to ensure there is continuity and that the council successfully discharges its mandate. With Botswana on the eve of hosting its biggest sporting event ever, in the form of the 2nd African Youth Games (AYG), Kgosietsile said the games will be their biggest priority.

He said it is incumbent upon the newly elected board to help ‘put together’ a very good team that will make the country proud. Apart from the Africa Games, the newly elected BNOC President said there will be other games like the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympics as well as the Commonwealth Youth Games at which Botswana will need good representation. On other issues, the BNOC President called for good governance among the affiliates, telling them that ‘only good governance can help attract sponsors to sports’ if the country is to move forward. Kgosietsile, who won the BNOC Presidential elections by 17 votes to Malesu’s 7, thanked the affiliates for choosing him to lead the council once again.

The BNOC President will be assisted by Lt Colonel Botsang Tshenyego as the board’s Senior Vice President. Tshenyego, together with Letsholo Letsholo, who was voted second Vice President were unopposed. In other contested elections for board positions, Moses Moruisi saw off a challenge from Tsoseletso Magang as well as former board member Tjiyapo Mokobi-Mokhosoa to clinch the first Vice President seat while the trio of Bernadette Moruti, Michael Moroka and Tshepo Sitale beat off the challenge of Robert Chideka and Mokobi-Mokhosoa for the additional member positions. Meanwhile, the BNOC has accepted four new affiliates into its fold. The new affiliates, who were endorsed by the delegates, are Botswana Body Building, Weightlifting and Fitness Federation (BBWFF), Botswana Golf Union (BGU), Botswana Wrestling Federation (BWF) and the Handball Association of Botswana (HAB).

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