Tshepo Sitale has been re-elected the president of the Botswana Chess Federation (BCF).
The 30-year-old side-stepped a challenge from former BCF Secretary General, Kenneth Boikhutshwane, to retain the presidency he won two years ago.
The win means Sitale, who ascended to the BCF presidency after the dethronement of the then president will now lead the BCF for another two years.
While Sitale and his new executive committee were voted back on the backdrop of their successful revival of BCF, the BCF president feels it is going to take more effort to retain their momentum.
“I am very happy that the chess community has shown confidence in my leadership. We intend to continue where we left off in our efforts to revive chess but we know that the momentum will not be as rapid as in the previous two years. From here onwards, every little achievement will require more energy than before,” Sitale said in an interview. The BCF president expressed hope that those who lost in the elections will continue to work with the BCF, adding that despite their slight ‘ideological differences,’ they are all interested in growing chess in the country.
“It is good that we have these electoral challenges so that we as the executive committee do not get lax in our duties,” Sitale continued.
The BCF president says their main priority will be to write the BCF’s new constitution to align it with that of the Botswana National Sports Council (BNSC).
“Our affiliates have given us a mandate to finalize the constitution by July this year. This constitution will recognize and formalize our league committee, our arbiters committee as well as our school and development committees,” the BCF president added.
Other major priorities according to Sitale will be the revitalization of BCF’s grassroots development programmes as well as growing the BCF’s league structures.
Meanwhile, the BCF’s new executive committee will have three new members. Sello Maruatona is the new vice president, taking over from Gopolang Sae who decided not to stand for re-election. Another new face in the executive committee will be that of Samuel Motlhala who was elected the new BCF treasurer after Chadza Bontsi decided not to stand for the position. The other new face will be that of Vincent Masole who ascends to the position of BCF Tournament Director. The position was previously held by Kelapile Kelatlhilwe who has now been voted BCF’s Secretary General, a position previously held by Boikhutshwane. Alex Mpuisang meanwhile retained his position as an additional member of the BCF Executive Committee.