- 5 million shortfall in P5.5 million budget
- Urging private companies to come on board
- Aiming for 1st position during the games
Botswana Tertiary Students Sports Association (BOTESSA) spokesperson Daniel Segabo says they are ready to host the Confederation of University and Colleges Sports Associations (CUCSA) Games. This is despite an admitted massive shortfall in availability of funds required for a successful hosing of the Games.
Speaking in a telephonic interview with Global Sports on Sunday, Segabo said the budget for the games is P5.5million but they have only managed to raise P 3 million from the Ministry of Tertiary Education, Research, Science and Technology. “And what’s really disappointing is that the private companies are yet to assist us as we had expected, we however continue to urge them to come on board as these games are not only for BOTESSA but for the country at large,” he said.
The CUCSA games will be held in Gaborone, Botswana from 18th to 22nd of this month. Tertiary students from nine Southern Africa nations namely Botswana, Lesotho, Kingdom of Eswatini, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Angola, Malawi and Namibia will tussle against each other in the field of play.
Segabo nevertheless stated that they are ready to host the games as most of the logistics are in place. “The facilities at which games are going to take place are ready; these include the UB indoor sports arena, BONA courts and National Stadium, just to mention a few,” he hinted. “We have also managed to secure UB hostels as the dwelling place where all athletes taking part in the games will be sleeping.”
He further said their expectation as BOTESSA is that team Botswana will finish in the pole position to improve on the third position they attained during the 2016 games that were held in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.
“I think they are ready for the competition and we have faith that they will do well because when you look at codes like athletics; the athletes have been taking part in BAA meets where they have been doing relatively well,” he said. “Some of the codes also had an intensive training camp which went on for two weeks last month and the entire team reported for another camp today (Sunday) to do the final touches. The camp will run until the 15th when they will move to the athletes’ village.”
The games which have over the years featured star athletes like Benson Shilongo and Lydia Jele, will this year feature 10 different sporting codes. These include; Athletics, Soccer, Netball, Volleyball, Basketball, Rugby, Table Tennis, Tennis, Chess and Darts.