Another resignation hits Botswana athletics

By Bakang Mhaladi

GABORONE – Botswana athletics further trundled into a rough patch this week after a fourth official resigned from the sport’s governing body, the Botswana Athletics Association (BAA).

This left the committee with only four members who do not have powers to co-opt, prompting new elections.

What started off as an “ordinary” annual general meeting of the BAA affiliates a fortnight ago, has sparked the crisis.

This after one affiliate, the Orapa Athletics Club, passed a motion of no confidence on Legojane, which, however, did not garner sufficient votes to succeed.

In protest, Bantsi, Masalila and Legojane quit, which took affiliates by surprise. This week, Keikotlhae followed suit, arguing he could not serve in a committee where there was mistrust.

He accused Orapa club of having a similar, vote of no confidence, agenda against him, and he saw it appropriate to walk before the plan was executed.

Reports reaching The Southern Times suggest Orapa was going to file a vote of no confidence on Keikotlhae at the next BAA meeting.

“I hereby notify you that I am resigning from the BAA as public relations officer due to the prevailing atmosphere. I would like to thank the whole BAA committee that stood by me during my time of office,” Keikotlhae said in his resignation letter to the leaderless BAA.

He further told the media that he could not work in a “depressing environment.”

“It was not comfortable working within such an environment, so I decided to walk away. They have passed a motion of no confidence on the secretary general and there is nothing that can stop them from doing the same thing to me,” he said.

Botswana athletics has been a shining beacon on the pitch producing countless stars who include former 400m world champion, Amantle Montsho, reigning world junior 400m champion, Baboloki Thebe and 2014 Commonwealth Games 800m champion, Nijel Amos, but boardroom squabbles threaten to derail progress.

March 2017
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