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BAA in P300k debt

Publishing Date : 13 November, 2017

Author : KETUMILE RAMATITI

Botswana Athletics Association (BAA) is in yet another financial fix-as pressure mounts on them to produce athletes’ funds belonging to the men and women’s 4X400m relays team the association allegedly misused.  


In a desperate move, BAA wrote a letter to government (Ministry of Youth Empowerment, Cultural and Sports Development) asking for a bailout of up to P280 000. The money is part of incentives for the men and women 4X400m relay teams which performed well at the Bahamas World Relays earlier this year. The men’s team notched silver with the women finishing 6th. The silver medallist walked away with $30,000 (P300, 000) while the women’s team got $800 (P80, 000).


Information reaching WeekendSport suggests that the missing money was used in August by IAAF to pay for officials’ accommodation and meals at the World Championships. While this is seen as flouting of procedures, it is said this was done by the international body to rescue the situation and save the government some embarrassment at the global event


The standard practice according to those in the know is for the government to foot the bill for the whole entourage, save for national association leaders at the team whose needs are catered for by the IAAF.  It is said, when travelling to the London held games, the team manager did not confirm whom the IAAF provided for and who was excluded from the list.


“The manager was supposed to see the quota of those catered for by the IAAF, unfortunately he forgot. IAAF catered only for the athletes and technical team and not officials as that was supposed to be the government’s responsibility. As it is a norm, IAAF didn’t send them back they just looked at our accounts and they diverted the athletes’ incentives to pay for the entourage’s accommodation and food for the duration of the event. That is why this happened. It is not like re jele madi a bana,” said an informant from the association.
The world championships spanned for nine days (5th -13th of August). The team manager was Moses Raphutshe.


The association, now under pressure from athletes who want their dues had to ask government to give them the money as initially government was supposed to incur the expenses. The government has yet to give the association a response and is however expected to do so in the near future. It is also said that BAA attempted to get IAAF to help them on the matter as well but the discussions did not bear any fruit. “In a nut shell they say there is no how they can help us because they saved us from embarrassment, hence we are pleading with government to bail us out,” said a source.


The association might have to buckle up as it may have to explain how it neglected to consult the competition’s manual before jetting off for the competitions. The association’s media liaison could not discuss the matter further with this paper. “It is still an internal matter once everything is sorted that’s when we will engage the public. For now let us put it to bed first.” The association received P1.1 million as a grant from government this year, an amount the association considers as “too low”. This publication could not establish how much the association received from IAAF before press time.

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