Gaborone — Phoenix of Botswana Assurance Company has injected P70 000 towards Botswana Table Tennis Association (BTTA) grand finale tournament scheduled for Independence Day.
Launching the sponsorship in Gaborone on Tuesday, Phoenix of Botswana Assurance Company chief executive officer, Calson Chiswo said the money was a small contribution towards sport development in Botswana.
He said his company was passionate about sport and that they identified with it.
The sponsorship, he said, was part of Phoenix's ongoing commitment to developing sports. He added that it was in line with their company's strategy to participate in the development of youth and communities in the country.
Furthermore, he said their relationship with BTTA was cordial, adding that he was cognizant of the fact that they were in a challenging era due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
He said it was through the challenging times that they would be in a position to build success as they overcome the hurdles.
"We at Phoenix value sport and take it seriously for the simple reason that we believe sport helps to develop character. In sport, someone has to win and someone has to lose. The way you handle a win or loss is a paramount feature in terms of development of one's character," he said.
Through sport, he said they were also helping in the development of communities, adding that the inclusive nature of BTTA competitions was also in alignment with their corporate values of promoting inclusiveness and equal opportunity regardless of gender or physical ability.
BTTA president, Motswagole Kudzanani said the sponsorship would motivate both the committee and the athletes.
The world, he said, was now moving into the athlete centered approach, and that the sponsorship would go directly to athletes.
He said the first prize was P6 000 while silver medalists would walk away with P3 000. Semi-finalists would pocket P1 600 whereas quarter-finalists would be given P700.
Botswana National Olympic Committee (BNOC) senior vice president, Tshepo Sitale hailed Phoenix for the gesture, adding that during this time of COVID-19, it was not easy for sporting codes to find sponsors.
He said there was a lot of uncertainty and that Phoenix of Botswana Assurance Company sponsorship was highly appreciated.
"What you are doing is not only sponsoring sport, but you are sponsoring livelihoods because behind that one person, there is a family," he said.
Meanwhile, a press release from BTTA states that all players will start from the group stages, and that all groups will have the same number of players. The winners will advance to the higher stages.
Players who gain 30 points or more after the semi-final stage will be eligible to compete for the Phoenix Assurance Botswana athletes life changing moment award of P25 000.
Source : BOPA