Gaborone — Botswana is slowly making strides both in track and field and in technical official arena.
This position was strengthened after Oratile Ndadziila successfully passed the IAAF technical officials education and certification system to become the first Motswana to be ordained as an IAAF lecturer, level 1.
This puts him in good stead to train other technical officers which will also reduce costs for Botswana Athletics Association (BAA), as it has been depending on lecturers from the region to train officials.
The IAAF says the objective of the level I course is to provide participants with both theoretical and practical training required to make them capable of officiating at national and international competitions held within the country.
The course also identifies candidates for the position of national technical official.
Level I courses are organised by the member federation with the IAAF supplying the necessary materials for approved courses.
Participants who complete the course receive an IAAF level I officiating certificate and those whose marks meet the required standards are eligible to attend a level II course.
BAA vice president, Kenneth Kikwe said the association was happy that they now have a lecturer.
He said all their technical officers who officiated at their events should be trained for level 1.
"Ndadziila is in a good position to teach our technical officials as per IAAF requirements. Currently we have some people with level 1 only in coaching, but this time we have a lecturer," Kikwe said.
He said the level 1 attained by Ndadziila was a major achievement for BAA, as they had been spending a lot of money to transport and accommodate lecturers from other countries to train their officials.
He said their aim was to train more technical officials given that they only wanted qualified officers to officiate at all their track and field events.
"We don't want to compromise because it is IAAF's requirement that all people who officiate at our events should have a level 1, as they can apply the rules when the need arises," he said.
Ndadziila said he was happy to have passed the course as it would benefit BAA to produce more qualified technical officials.
He said for one to get the certificate, they had to attain more than 80 per cent.
"I got 89 per cent hence I was given the certificate that I am now a qualified IAAF lecturer for level 1 officiating. I am qualified to resource or run a course for level 1 officiating," he said.
Source : BOPA