Gaborone — JB Sports has sponsored Botswana Integrated Sports Association (BISA) and Botswana Primary Schools Association (BOPSSA) athletics national championships with P300 000 worth of equipment.
Speaking at the sponsorship launch on April 9, Assistant Minister of Basic Education, Thato Kwerepe said Botswana's education system would not be complete without the development and promotion of psychomotor domain.
He said it was only through sport that learners were happy, as that was where they found a lot of participation.
The BISA and BOPSSA athletics championships will be held in Francistown over the weekend
Sport, he said, was as old as human kind and that it was one of the drivers of globalisation, as it has ushered in many opportunities.
Kwerepe applauded JB Sports for sponsoring the event, saying government alone could not reach the sporting participation peak.
He said the sponsorship would ensure that the national athletics championships were of a high standard.
"This P300 000 equipment sponsorship will help us groom tomorrow's talent, and I have a strong conviction that Team Botswana will emerge victorious at the upcoming regional competitions because of this good gesture from JB Sports," he said.
BISA president, Joshua Gaotlhobogwe said the two associations had recently experienced challenges in running their activities due to lack of funds, revealing that they recently missed the regional championships as the ministry could not fund their participation.
"In addition to this, these days we can never be sure when our sporting activities will start. We have, as the two associations, failed to honour agreements with service providers because funds were never released on time. All these have compromised our image," he said
The ministry, he said, had made it clear that it was expensive to run school sports.
He also noted that a task force had been established to look into how best school sports could be run with a view to cut costs.
"We have, however, not cried and folded our arms. We went out to engage the private sector to appeal for help. This was done in an effort to reduce dependency on government. Today we are gathered here because JB Sports answered our call and declared their willingness to become part of the school sport family by investing in our activities," Gaotlhobogwe said
For his part, JB Sports general manager, Steve Bothasitse said BISA and BOPSSA were important stakeholders as they were responsible for talent identification and nurturing at the grassroots level.
BISA and BOPSSA, he said, ensured that every child in the country got to participate in sport.
Source : BOPA