Botswana Darts Association (BDA) has expressed delight over youth performance at the just ended 4th Bi-annual Youth championships in South Africa. The team brought home 3 gold and 3 bronze medals from the championships.
BDS spokesperson, Neo Badubi says they will keep the team intact and continue preparations for future tournaments. Both the Under 13 boys and girls team’s won gold medals and went on to win doubles. Badubi said they are going to help the team to take active role in local tournaments and games.
Badubi who was also elected the newly secretary general for region 5 said his election into the executive committee of the regional body is a defining moment.
“In the past where Botswana did not have a representative in the regional executive committee, it was difficult to address its concerns. I will be of great value to BDS and I will advance their ideas together with other sound initiatives from other countries,” said Badubi.
Badubi said he will use his time to advocate for countries to host at least one tournament per year so that the athletes can be active and gain experience and develop further.
“Currently we play the regional tournament once every two years and it is not good. It will be better if each member country hosts one tournament per year of different age categories,” said Badubi. The game of darts is gaining momentum in the country and is spread in some schools in the country.
Team Botswana that competed in the tournament comprised of Marius Poloka, Thatayaone Robert, Jerry Halahala and Lesley Lubinda, Tshepo Balang, Samantha January, Onneile Puso, Sandile Tswiri, Lone Poloka, Monametsi Seabelo, Kealeboga Tshegofatso, Katlego Olebile, Bofelo Tapiwa, Tlamelo Oagile, Tshegofatso Mbenge and Delphinah Emmanuel.