5 March 2019

Botswana: BISA Distances Itself From Coaching Course

Gaborone — Botswana Integrated Sports Association (BISA) has distanced itself from an IAAF coaching course scheduled for March 11-29.

The IAAF has approved Tendai Tagara from Zimbabwe and Ntshwarang Chilume from Botswana to facilitate the course.

Most of the top athletes like Nijel Amos, Baboloki Thebe and Karabo Sibanda were identified whilst at BISA structures, and went on to represent the country at international stages.

Despite producing top athletes most of the teachers have never been trained as coaches, and some of them had a sigh of relief upon hearing that BAA will conduct a coaching course.

The arrangement, however, did not sit well with some of the athletics pundits as they are of the view that most of the clubs only resurrect during elections and when opportunities like training courses arise.

They also argue that BISA and BOPSSA were doing the ground work for BAA by producing athletes every year.

BISA public relation officer, Letsweletse Jonas said they had never been involved in the course, adding that his organisation had been dealing with different association.

"As BISA the way we deal with associations is that we are given slots, and it is us who pick people through consultation with the national organiser as he is the one who knows his coaches better," he said.

Jonas said what surprised them was the fact that it was BISA who approached BAA requesting for the course for teachers, and that they both reached an understanding that his association would be involved.

"We have seen some of our teachers appearing in the list, but as BISA, officially we do not know anything about the said course. We were not involved," he said.

BAA president, Thari Mooketsi confirmed that they would be conducting the coaching course to empower coaches.

He said teachers were important in the development of athletes hence it was important that they be part of the course.

"Our expectation is that affiliates will include teachers in their list, if they are not there, then it will be a challenge, then we will have to go back to the drawing board," he said.

Furthermore, Mooketsi said if teachers were excluded they would find slots for them, adding that they were important stakeholders given that they were always available in developing athletes at the grassroots level.

Source: BOPA

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