BTTA Secures P250 000 To Host Championships

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The Botswana Table Tennis Association (BTTA) has been awarded a P250 000 sponsorship package to host the Africa Youth Championships 2024 scheduled for July.

The Youth championships will bring together the Under 15 and 19 boys and girls from 40 African countries, and the winners will qualify for the 2024 World Youth Championships.

The Africa Youth Championships are scheduled for the 15th to the 21st July 2024 in Gaborone.

Speaking during the sponsorship launch in Gaborone last week, BTTA President Kudzanani Motswagole said the sponsorship marks a significant milestone for their association as it strives to elevate table tennis in Botswana.  He noted that with the support from ODC he is confident that they can transform Botswana into a hosting hub for international table tennis events, providing exposure to the grassroots development athletes and empowering sports officials to meet international standards.

‘‘Hosting international events not only showcases our country’s hospitality and organisational prowess but also provides our athletes with invaluable experience and exposure on the global stage,” he said.

Motswagole said through hosting, they can nurture and develop medal-winning athletes who will proudly represent Botswana and bring home more medals from international assignments. He extended his gratitude to the ODC for the invaluable support and vision in assisting them hosting the championships.

ODC Managing Director Mmetla Masire said that as ODC, they are proud to be facilitating the advancement of Botswana as a centre for showcasing culture and talent through sport and fostering growth within local communities. He noted that the sponsorship cements their dedication and it is aimed at empowering members of the sporting fraternity, particularly table tennis.

“We are excited to invest towards Botswana’s potential to become a prominent hub for international table tennis events. And so, this sponsorship aims not only to provide exposure to our grassroots development athletes but also to empower our officials to meet international standards,” he said.

According to him, through partnership with the BTTA in hosting such events, they aspire to nurture medal-winning athletes and offer them more opportunities on the global stage, while putting Botswana on the global map. Masire stated their dedication goes beyond mere sponsorship as it reflects their ethos of empowering individuals to pursue their dreams and fosters partnership through collaboration.

He stressed that the sponsorship echoes broader corporate social responsibility, particularly the commitment to gender equality, inclusivity and community development. Masire said that the BTTA sponsorship is just one facet of efforts to support their athletes and uphold the values of sportsmanship, dedication, and teamwork.

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