The Botswana National Olympic Committee (BNOC) has this morning confirmed that to this day they have not received funding for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. This then confirms a series of media reports that hinted that the two entities namely BNOC and the Botswana National Sports Commission (BNSC) are pulling in two different directions.
BNOC Chief Executive Officer Tuelo Serufho in his address this morning said that the money has been given to BNSC to disperse to national federations in order for them to implement programmes towards athletes preparations to qualify for the games. According to Serufho this has created problems as qualification deadlines for some sports codes have elapsed with some drawing closer and closer.
“It is important that Botswana does her best to ensure that even with the limited amount of time, we can still both qualify athletes and win medals at the Olympics Games,” the optimistic Serufho told media. He said that at the current moment only 3 athletes have qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Games.You must also ask BAA & BOBA about the said money since they have been given money,”opined Serufho.
The three athletes among them the 2012 Olympics silver medallist Nigel Amos, Christine Botlogetswe and Galefele Moroko have already secured spots at the games. Serufho in his response to media questions said that he was not competent enough to answer on why they (BNOC) were not being granted the opportunity to have money they needed directly given to them.
On the SMS Donation campaign that was launched in April Serufho said that they believe that their intended P2. 5million target will be reached, he says that they are in the process of engaging more mobile network companies to join hands in carrying out the campaign. At least 4879 donations have been made towards the SMS campaign as at 18th November 2019.