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Athletes yet to receive 2017 World Relays prize monies from BAA

Athletes yet to receive 2017 World Relays prize monies from BAA
June 12
13:05 2018
  • It has been over a year since they took part in the competition
  • Monies used to feed team officials during 2017 World Champs


Athletes that represented Botswana at the 2017 Bahamas World Relays are yet to receive their prize monies for the competition, Global Post Sport can reveal.

The competition, which was held at Nassau, Bahamas from the 22nd to the 23rd  of April 2017, saw the men’s 4×400 walking away as silver medalists which entitled them to a sum of $30,000 (P300,000) while the women’s team got $800 (P8,000) for finishing sixth in the final.

However, according to one of the athletes who took part at the competition, they are yet to receive their monies with the local athletics mother body, Botswana Athletics Association (BAA) tossing them around whenever the issue is raised.

“We have been trying to talk with them since the beginning of this year but they seem to be making no effort of paying us our money, I mean it’s really hurts because that competition was last year,” stated a concerned athlete who formed part of the Bahamas team. “We have really had enough and we just want our money,” the athlete said.

According to reports, the athletes are yet to receive their monies because IAAF was forced to use the money to feed and accommodate Botswana’s team officials at the 2017 London World Championships, mainly because the then team manager failed to comply with the games manual hence the blunder.

The usual practice according to those in the know, is that the government should foot the bill for all the team officials, excluding national association leaders and the team which is catered for by the IAAF. However, IAAF was then forced to foot the bill for Botswana team officials with the World Relays prize monies just to save Botswana from embarrassment. The World Championships took place from the 5th to 13th of August 2017.

Asked why they are yet to pay athletes their monies, BAA mouthpiece Ipolokeng Ramatshaba said: “We all know what happened during the World Championships last year as it was all over the media but what I can tell you now is that we are working around the clock to give them (athletes) their monies,” he stated. “We have requested for assistance from the government but their processes need to be followed there, especially when it comes to money.”

He went on to highlight that none of the athletes that took part at the competition has complained as they all understand the situation.

“We met with the athletes three weeks ago to give them a fresh update on their monies and I’m now surprised that they have went to you guys (media) to complain, if there are any grievances they must approach us as BAA,” Ramatshaba noted. “There is no how we can take them for granted as they are our kids and we care for them. I am sure that the treasurer is working around the clock to ensure that they are paid, but as of now I can’t tell when they are going to be paid.”

Meanwhile ladies 400m sensation Christine Botlogetswe who has been doing relatively well this year persisted with her excellent feat of smashing personal bests in almost every competition that she participates in. The Rakops born lass finished first in 400m clocking 50.89s at an athletics meet held in Geneva, Switzerland setting a new 400m personal best and improving on the 51.00s that she recorded a fortnight ago.





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