Darts Need P200 000 For Region Five Championships 

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Botswana Darts Association (BODA) is desperately in need of at least P200 000 to send Team Botswana to the Region V Championship games that will be held in Eswatini next month. Botswana is the defending champions after winning it in Namibia in 2022.

The events for this year’s games will be divided into three categories – Youth U25, Senior National Team, and Veterans (over 50 years), and all these categories are represented by both genders. In an endeavour to raise funds for the national team, the association held a two-day Women’s Commission Tournament in Francistown from the 29th of June to the 30th of June 2024.

In an interview, BODA Public Relations Officer Thato Maphorisa said that in the recent National Sports Association funding model the association finds itself stuck at Tier 4 which qualifies for a grant of P50 000, which is less than a quarter of what they need, therefore they now have to come up with an initiative to raise the funds.

“If wishes were horses I would say we need at least P200 000 for us to be able to successfully send the national team to Eswatini, mind you we need transport, accommodation, meals for athletes, and even affiliation to Region V,” he said.

Maphorisa has revealed that they have tried to schedule tournaments to raise funds to send the team but it is very slow. He stated that they held a tournament earlier in April in which they raised close to P 5000. Maphorisa has expressed that this past weekend through the Women’s Commission they are yet to know how much was made through the tournament that was held in Francistown and how much they would be given as the tournament was held by a commission under BODA, who have their powers to decide how much to donate to the national team.

“We also have the P50 000 from BNSC which is not automatic that we will direct the funds to the national team as the grant has its specific allocations which we have to follow, we are yet to receive alms from independent stakeholders,” he said.

Maphorisa has told Times Sport that these kinds of tournaments are very important as they help them to rank themselves regionally. He said that there is a newly formed Association named African Darts Council (ADC) whose games may lead to qualifications to play with other African countries outside Region V and perhaps end up playing in the Darts World Cup through such channels.

Maphorisa has added that this route will also earn them points at BNSC which would potentially see them move from Tier 4 to 3 or 2.

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