After a tense campaign for the presidency of the Botswana National Olympic Committee (BNOC), Malealea Negros Kgosietsile triumphed over Solly Reikeletseng on Thursday night at Maharaja Restaurant. Kgosietsile has been at the helm of the BNOC for about two decades, while Reikeletseng has been serving as Publicity Secretary.
The other post that was contested for were for the Vice Presidency, which was won by Bakang Tshwenyego.
Moses Moruisi ran unopposed for the post of general secretary as well as Letsholo Letsholo and Bobby Gaseitsiwe for positions of Publicity Secretary and Treasurer, respectively.
The positions of additional board members went to Ms. Game Mothibi, Timothy Hasking and Mrs Estony Hattingh.
In an interview with Sunday Standard, Hattingh, who is also currently the Botswana Judo president, revealed that having been given a position as a board member, she will add tremendous value to the committee.
“Given my sporting background not only as a player over the past 30 years, but also in management, I feel that I can add tremendous value to the Olympic Committee,” Hattingh said.
The Botswana National Olympic Committee held its general assembly meeting as well as voted for candidates for the new upcoming Olympic committee as their four-year term elapsed.
Giving a keynote address, the Minister of Youth, Sport and Culture, Gladys Kokorwe, noted that the assembly marks the end of a four-year term for the BNOC current committee. She also noted that it was the day that the committee reviews its progress and see what they have accomplished and set a vision for the future.
“For my Ministry, however, the important issue is not the elections per se, but your commitment as the BNOC Board and your affiliates to review progress that has been accomplished in the past four years, and your vision for the future of sport in Botswana,” said Kokorwe. She further stated that her duty as the Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, is to make sure the committee gets all the necessary support it needs in order to facilitate the development of sport.
Kokorwe also noted that sport is important in many ways.
“Sport galvanises the collective identity and pride of any people. It promotes physical well being, sports tourism as well as entertain people,” she said. “In addition, sports thus contribute to the National Vision 2016 pillar of “A United and Proud Nation”, which, as a Ministry, we are proud to lead.”
She further noted that elite or high performance sport, which is the core business of BNOC, also makes a significant contribution to the development efforts of the country.
“Elite sports promote physical well-being, culture, education, economic development and prosperity,” she said.
Kokorwe further said that sports has improved in the country and hoped it would continue improving.
“The performance of our teams and athletes has improved over the years. This is an encouraging development and I should, however, hasten to emphasize that there is always room for improvement and that we can win those medals which have so far eluded us,” said Kokorwe.
“We are also challenged to walk the extra mile in executing our various roles to ensure even better performance in the coming 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore, 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India, 2011 All Africa Games in Mozambique, 2011 Commonwealth Youth Games on the Isle of Man and the London 2012 Olympic Games,” she added.