Kgosietsile, Tshenyego and Serufho Attend To The CommonWealth Games Federation General Assembly

Gaborone: The President of the Botswana National Olympic Committee (BNOC) Negroes Malealea Kgosietsile, together with Senior Vice President, Lt Col. Botsang Tshenyego and CEO Tuelo Serufho will on the 29th August 2015 leave for Auckland, New Zealand for what could be one of the most historic General Assemblies of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF).

As if the fact that the assembly will be an elective one is not important enough; one very critical decision will be made in New Zealand; a determination of whether or not Durban will host the 22nd edition of the Commonwealth Games in 2022.

The Commonwealth Games, which have evolved from what was the British Empire Games are held every four years and were first celebrated in Hamilton, Canada in 1930; making the Games 85 years old in 2015.

In that 85 years, a total of 20 edition have been held and the 21st is set to take place in Goldcoast Australia in 2018. What is important is that although the African continent has had representation at the games since 1930 (i.e. through South Africa) the Games have never been hosted on the African soil.

Therefore, when the BNOC delegation and seventy others representing Commonwealth countries and territories vote for the 2022 host City in Auckland, the decision could well be historic. This is because the decision could be in favour of Durban, South Africa to host the Games, becoming the first African City to do so.

Durban remain the sole candidate city for the 2022 games, following the withdrawal of Edmonton, Canada, citing the drop in oil prices as having affected their economy.

Besides the vote for the 2022 host city, the General Assembly will also vote a new Executive Board and Sports Committee for the CGF, each for a four year term. One of the interesting contests will be between outgoing President, His Royal Highness Prince Tunku Imram of Malaysia who will slug it out with outgoing Honorary Secretary Louise of Scotland.

South African Sports Confederations and Olympic Committee, President Mr. Gideon Sam will be hoping to retain his position as one of the three CGF Vice Presidents. Other important discussions that will take place at the General Assembly include consideration of the CGF Strategic Plan: Transformation 2022 and the Gold Coast 2018 Development Framework.

From the General Assembly, Kgosietsile and Serufho will proceed to the City of Apia, Samoa, where Botswana will be amongst the Commonwealth countries and territories competing in the 5th Edition of the Commonwealth Youth Games. Lt Col. Tshenyego will on the other hand travel to Brazzaville, Congo where the All Africa Games will be taking place.