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The Botswana Darts Association (BODA) will host its 3rd edition of the Northern Region Darts League in Maun at Cresta Maun Resort tomorrow (Saturday).
The tournament is expected to bring together about 16 BODA affiliated teams from the Northern and Southern regions and will be divided into different categories being singles and doubles for both men and women.
The teams include Police, BDF, Thebephatshwa, BUAN, Millennium, Jwaneng, Palapye Darts Cru, G3, Garrison Bosses, Cruest, MSC, Gun and Roses, Tonota Golden Flights, Mmabesi and Legends Darts Club from Maun.
In an interview, NDRL Public Relations Officer Ontiretse Bakaang said through the tournament they intend to promote the growth of the darts game in the North West Region. He stated that most of the indoor games are centred in cities and towns hence they choose to stage this kind of tournament in Maun in an effort to make the sport known in the North West Region.
As compared to the past editions, Bakaang anticipates for this year’s edition to show a slight drop in numbers due to the current cost of living that has skyrocketed tremendously after the Covid-19 pandemic.
“The tournament is BODA sanctioned, therefore we expect all BODA affiliates to take part in it. At the moment we don’t have youth category due to lack of sponsorship as the tournament is self-sponsored,” he said.
However, Bakaang noted that NRDL’s Maun based Legends Darts club has made efforts to bring the youth into the sport by adopting Maun technical College (MTC) to promote technical knowledge of the darts and coaching.
Bakaang said the college students who were featured in this year’s BOTESSA games in Gaborone have been attending daily training at BDF to enhance their skills. He stated that besides that the interest amongst other youth hasn’t been significant as such the club aims at introducing the sport in schools in the near future.
“I would like to encourage our youth to be part of this tournament so as to discover their potential in this positively addictive target game. The game helps one to improve their computation skills and it also helps to keep our youth out of the street by keeping them busy and away from drug and alcohol abuse,” he said.