The newly appointed eight-man task force of the Local Organising committee (LOC) of the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) congress slated for Botswana, Gaborone, next year is already way ahead in preparations for the event.
The LOC is led by Jacob Sesinyi as the chairperson, Thato Jensen (Vice Chair) Kelebogile Seitei (Marketing and Public Relations), Elsie Kenosi, Marumo Morule, Montwedi Simon, Peter Kesitilwe and Mosimanegape Katholo.
The event is expected to pit more than 150 nations from across the world. The LOC will also vote for their leadership to run the WBSC for the next four years.
The elections will be conducted in three sections where all affiliates will be given an opportunity to decide their leadership for the WBSC softball division, WBSC baseball division and the WBSC mother body which oversees these categories.
Sesinyi said there was need to consider factors that play a vital role in making the event a success; making sure that every concerned country honours the invitation.
“We don’t only take this congress as an ordinary meeting; it is a great opportunity for Botswana to showcase their capability to the world and also to make sure that all nations attend the event more so that there will be elections of the leadership therefore maximum attendance is one of the most important things to be considered,” he said
This will be the second world congress to be held in Africa after Tunisia in 2014 and Sesinyi deemed this as a great opportunity to take the country to greater heights.
He further stated that they would be seeking sponsorships from different stakeholders as the Botswana National Sport Commission (BNSC) requires lots of money to put together such an occasion.
“We are funded by BNSC and this event necessitates a lot of funds and we have committed ourselves to exploring other source of funds from different stakeholders. Organising this event is not an easy task and we are going to encounter some hiccups along the way but we vow to put extra efforts in making it successful in all aspects through the support of the whole nation,” added Sesinyi.
Softball is among the sports codes recommended by the international Olympic Committee (IOC) to be included in the 2020 Olympic Games billed for Tokyo.