BNOC meets former President, Sir Ketumile Masire

The BNOC President this morning paid a courtesy call on Former President, Sir Ketumile Masire who is also the Patron. The meeting was to update the Patron on work being done by the sporting body. Key issues discussed were on Team preparations, doping issues and the programmes that the BNOC as an interim National Anti-Doping Organisation have in place to deal with matters of doping in sport. He was also briefed on BNOC achievements and challenges. The major challenge being funding to fully execute its mandate.

BNOC receives annual grants from the Government of Botswana and the International Olympic Committee to sustain its operations as well as for some projects, especially preparation of athletes and Teams to Olympic Games. Occasionally the BNOC also receives project specific grants from the Commonwealth Games Federation and the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa.

Sir Ketumile Masire appreciated the brief, and pledged support to progressively move BNOC forward. The Patron said he was concerned about the increasing cases of doping in the country and that there was need for an Act to criminalise those who supply banned substances to athletes as doping erodes the confidence of the sporting organizations, athletes and the country.

The BNOC President Negroes Kgosietsile was accompanied by Board Members Michael Moroka, Tshepo Sitale, Chief Executive, Tuelo Serufho and Marketing and Communication Manager Lame Ramokate.