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Bantsi returns to BAA

19 Mar 2023

Former Botswana Athletics Association president Moses Bantsi has returned to the top seat after he was elected the president against Phapane Botlale during an elective general assembly in Gaborone on Saturday.

Bantsi was declared a winner of the tightly contested position after garnering 13 votes against Botlale’s 12 following a re-run. The two were tied at 12-12 with one spoilt vote and a re-run was instituted to determine the winner.

Oabona Theetso retained his position of vice president administration with 16 votes after Major Edward Joseph received only 8 votes.

The new vice president sport development is Kenneth Kikwe who was voted by 13 people while Tshepo Kelaotswe and Legojane Kebaitse were elected by eight and three delegates respectively.

Raymond Phale was unopposed for the position of vice president finance and administration.

The available four regional positions were won by Tebatso Omphitlhetse as the south central chairperson while Keamogetse Rancholo will steer the ship as chairperson of the southern region.

Mpho Bagwasi leads the central region and Isaac Mbise is accountable for the northern region.

Bantsi said in an interview that he was happy as the association for the first time had ushered two women into the leadership.

He was confident that Omphitlhetse and Rancholo would make a difference in advocating and advancing the women’s agenda during their tenure.

Bantsi expressed worry over the performance of female athletes and promised to turn things around for the better during his tenure.

He said another area that he would make a priority was the revival of children’s athletics as part of a development process.

Furthermore, he said they would ensure that all structures at the regional level were in place and fully functional.

“The other area that needs urgent attention is training of our officials, capacitating administrators and coaches to bringing good results,” he said. ENDS

Source : BOPA

Author : Anastacia Sibanda

Location : GABORONE

Event : elective general assembly

Date : 19 Mar 2023