THE Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) has targeted Botswana National Sports Council executive secretary Kitso Kemoyeng, to grace the Annual National Sports Awards (Ansa) scheduled for December 13 this year.
The supreme sports body in the country had invited top athletes from outside the country including such athletes like former 800m Olympic champion Maria Mutola of Mozambique and Zambian football legend and 1988 African Football of the Year Kalusha Bwalya, to be guests of honour, although they failed to make it.
SRC director of business development and marketing Daniel Kuwenga, said they have this year targeted administrators. He said they had written to the Botswana National Sports Council to have Kemoyeng as guest of honour at the event.
“In the past we have invited athletes to be guests of honour, but we have realised they just help us on the technical side and we decided to also have an administrator to help us to see how they have managed to get to where they are. Botswana has developed in terms of sport and did well at the London Olympics this year. So we felt it would be good to have an administrator from the Botswana National Sports Council as our guest of honour. It will help to benchmark ourselves,” Kuwenga said.
Botswana managed to win two silver medals in athletics at the London Games in August this year.
He however, added that since the Ansa awards were coinciding with the Zone IV Youth Games in Zambia, Kemoyeng might fail to attend. He said in the event that he failed to show up, they had also targeted former SRC director-general Elias Musengeya now based in the United Kingdom.
Thirteen categories were contested for last year, but this year the SRC has included a new category — Women in Sport award.
The award seeks to recognise a woman who would have championed the cause of sport beyond any measure of doubt, although focus would be on nominations for the prestigious Sportsperson of the Year, Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year awards.
The awards meant to reward and celebrate sporting excellence among top performing athletes and officials, will be held under the theme “A heart for success”.