Botswana: Sport Official Preaches Behaviour Change

Windhoek — Botswana Football Association (BFA) is preaching clean sport as the country is a signatory to the world anti-doping code.

As a signatory, the country is expected to educate its athletes about the dangers of doping.

Head of delegation for the women's senior national football team to Namibia, Jonas Ikgopoleng said the senior women players should be conversant with issues of doping and its repercussions.

He said anti-doping and good conduct were some of the FIFA requirements hence players should have knowledge and information on doping and the consequences.

Anti-doping, he said, constituted a range of activities aimed at eliminating doping in sport as well as protecting clean athletes and the integrity and values of sport.

Ikgopoleng said it was the duty of all related personnel, not only the athletes, to promote anti-doping activities.

He said it was imperative that players, as ambassadors of the BFA, conducted themselves in an acceptable manner to protect the image of the association and the country.

He said a doping control officer had the prerogative to test an athlete at home or during competitions as there were in-competition and out-of-competition tests.

Summarising his assignment with the women senior national team, he said the players were well disciplined.

He, however, said it was important that the delegation was comprised of all key stakeholders such as dieticians and psychologists, as players needed counselling and their diet to be monitored.

Ikgopoleng said it was also advisable that the association engaged a head of delegation while preparing for international trips, adding that an advance party should also be sent to places where players would lodge to check the status of facilities.

The head of delegation stated that the trip to Namibia was successful, despite the minor challenges they experienced.

He thanked the technical team, the players and all Batswana who rallied behind the team.

A group of women team supporters and Batswana in Namibia went to Sam Nujoma Stadium to boost the team's morale and offer support.

<i>Source : BOPA</i>

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