Botswana: Masalila Burial Saturday

Gaborone — Former Botswana Athletics Association (BAA) vice president, Ronald Masalila died on Sunday February 7.

In an interview, BDF Athletics Club chairperson, Major Edward Joseph said the late BAA administrator would be buried at his home village of Marapong on Saturday Febraury 13.

He described Colonel Masalila as a workaholic, who had the interest of track and field and the welfare of athletes at heart.

Furthermore, Major Joseph said Masalila loved athletics and that his interest was more into development.

"Some on us are into athletics because of his encouragement, and he did not only guide BDF but also advised other clubs in different aspects.

He said they were happy with his contribution, given that he was always active in ensuring that the club grew.

Former BAA president, Moses Bantsi said Col Masalila was unique in the sense that he loved athletics, and wanted to see other administrators and athletes excelling.

"I have worked well with Ronald despite working with his juniors. He was never boastful about his rank, but ensured that athletics came first," he said.

Meanwhile, a press release from BAA says Colonel Masalila started to show interest in athletics as a member of the Francistown Athletics Club in the late 90's.

It says he then joined BDF Athletics Club upon his transfer to Gaborone, adding that he also served as BAA executive committee member as vice president in 2007 to 2011. In 2015 he was elected as the public officer, and he was elected as the vice president again in 2017.

Source : BOPA

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