GABORONE, Botswana, August, 2020/ – Sprint Couriers today unveiled a P50, 000 sponsorship towards the Botswana Football Association (BFA) females candidates elects’ conversation dubbed ‘An Intentional Conversation – Women Football Towards and Beyond The Elections’, hosted today (August 17, 2020) at Botho University in Gaborone.
While P40 000 will go towards the organizing and execution of the dialogue, P10 000 will be reserved for the WASBO Legacy Initiative aimed at promoting participation of women and girls.
Speaking at the unveiling of the sponsorship, Project Director, Michelle Gebrial said sponsoring sports is counter effective for athletes and as such whenever various sporting codes approach them with solid concepts that support the growth of professionalism in sports, they are always happy to partner. Furthermore, she applauded women leadership efforts in sport and referred to it as a testimony to closing the gender equality gap in sport.
“Sponsoring sports allows athletes to focus more on the training and production of their sports and reduces stress when it comes to finding money to train and put on an event. We are a women-owned courier and logistics solutions company and we understand the value chain of supporting and being supported. Life in short is a partnership and this benefits both parties. We couldn’t have been happier to sponsor WASBO.
We want to see more women in sports and not being disadvantaged by lack of support and funds. We have proved that women are able and capable, so why not give this opportunity to other women to take our sports affairs to greater and higher levels,” she concluded.
The talk-shop was the brainchild idea of a local sports firm, Fan’Mo Sports Agency which had collaborated with WASBO to harness the involvement of women leadership in sports. Furthermore, the commitment follows a formal announcement of the candidates for this year’s BFA elective congress slated for August 22 in Francistown.
The conversation centered around women’s game, current status and its potential in the view of each candidate, what the candidates intend to achieve with the position and how; including what needs to happen for women to have a significant representation within BFA and key issues regarding women in sport.
For her part, WASBO Chairperson, Matlho Kgosi indicated that this conversation allows them an opportunity to support women candidates by offering them a platform to present their leadership qualities, experiences and long term plans for the growth of women football and women sport in general in Botswana.
She further indicated that WASBO’s participation in this initiative is deliberate to address key issues for women and sport in relation to the Botswana Gender and Sport Strategy signed during the 7th International Working Group (IWG) World Conference on Women in Sport and also in preparation for the upcoming Women and Sport Pitso to be hosted on 27 August 2020.
The women candidates are Joy Setshedi, Itsholeng Disang, Tsoseletso Magang and Lubito Ncube who are vying for the BFA Female Additional Member position. Theresa Hirschfeld and Kesego Okie are standing for the BFA Ordinary Member position.
The moderators for the conversation which will be television personalities Karabo Bosena and Mimi Dintwa respectively. The other event partners are Exclusive Insurance Solutions, Botho University, Sego Events and HubTV.