GABORONE, Botswana, November 2019 – Stanbic Bank Botswana will once again show its continued support towards sports development by contributing P250,000.00 towards the success of the 2020 CANA Zone IV Swimming Championships. The Championships are scheduled for the 20th – 23rd February 2020 in Gaborone, and see the culmination of a competitive swimming season in which Botswana continues to excel.
The contribution is in line with the Bank’s overarching strategic approach to sponsor platforms that see development and growth of various sporting disciplines to fly the Botswana flag high and enhance investment in Botswana team talent.
Established in 2007, The CANA Zone IV Swimming Championships is an initiative aimed at bringing Southern African countries together to afford young swimmers a platform to compete and grow their talents. Over the years, it has grown from a small event hosting some 5 countries and 200 swimmers to the event it is today, hosting 14 countries with up to 400 swimmers competing from around the African continent. Botswana has participated in this event numerous times and has improved their standings each year, having earned fourth-place in 2018, and aiming for even better this year.
Stanbic Bank Botswana Head of Corporate Investment Banking, Shepherd Aisam said, “As a Bank, we recognise the role that sports plays in bringing people together. Supporting the BSSA once again is our way of encouraging more youth to look to sports as a possible career path which inadvertently will help in curbing youth unemployment and positioning Botswana as a worthy competitor on an international scale. Our sponsorship strategy is aligned with the support of the sports industry. We are passionate about moving our customers, and the Nation, forward. We are confident that team Botswana will make us all proud at next year’s The CANA Zone IV Swimming Championships games and wish them the best of luck.”
The BSSA is Botswana’s only official swimming body in the country that is affiliated to the BNSC (Botswana National Sports Commission), FINA (International Swimming Federation), CANA IV (Confédération Africaine de Natation Amateur) as well as the BNOC (Botswana National Olympic Committee). 2020 being an Olympic year, the BSSA are excited to announce that the championship has been approved as a qualifying event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
“Education and sport are resources of hope and evidently part of the fabric of Botswana life as they can fulfill the aspirations of many. In addition, sport is a language of excellence, community, family, a language of love and powerful sector for driving socio-economic development. It is our hope that from this sponsorship and our partnership with the BSSA more operations will come to the table and contribute towards developing our local talent across all industries and sectors. Botswana is our home and we are proud and honoured to play a part in driving her growth,”concluded Aisam.
Stanbic Bank Botswana encourages all Batswana to rally behind the team and cheer them on as we build up to the 2020 CANA Zone IV Swimming Championships.