Monday, June 14, 2021

Look after sporting facilities – Morule

Botswana National Sports associations have been urged to utilise and take good care of sporting facilities. 

BNSC chairperson, Marumo Morule cautioned the sporting codes during the annual general meeting that there is need for sporting facilities to be looked after so that generations to come can find them in good state. 

He said the BNSC is building football pitches in Radisele Junior school and Goodhope Senior that the football people must utilise and look after. 

Radisele Junior School and Goodhope were selected as centres of excellence for football and Volleyball. The BNSC will also build a proper Volleyball court in Radisele. 

Marumo further explained to the sporting leaders that there is need for all sport facilities across the country to be fully utilized. 

“There must be optimum use of the facilities so that in future it can be easy to convince government or stakeholders to assist in developing more facilities,” he advised. 

Botswana sport is failing to fully utilise some of the sporting facilities across the country. Such facilities include Masunga and Molepolole sports complexes. 

The Molepolole is only used most by football premier league teams for their competitions. Other sporting codes such as Volleyball, Softball, Netball and Tennis are failing to take advantage and use the facilities. 

On financials, Marumo warned National Sporting Associations that the year ahead will be costlier than the previous one. 

“The board perceives a challenging financial period ahead and consequently implores NSAs to be very prudent in the utilisation of limited resources,” explained Morule.  

This financial year the BNSC was granted a total of P100, 700, 000.00 by the ministry of sport, a 22% increase compared to the P83 700 000.00 from the previous year. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic with less activity in sports, the Commission has only used about halve of the money they were allocated by government. 

“While at the face value, the balance may appear significant when viewed purely from the amount of time before the end of the financial year, it should be borne in mind that most activities have only recently resumed and, it is a lot costlier now than in the past,” warned Morule.

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