The Botswana Cycling Association (BCA) revealed that they desperately need sponsorship for the Association to take the sport to greater heights in the coming years.
The association hosted an annual general meeting this weekend (Saturday) in Gaborone to elect the new team, which will be in the driving seat for the next three years. Among one of the key issues on the agenda was lack of sponsorship, affecting effective administration of organization.
The newly voted President Mmetla Masire complained of the lack of sponsors hindering them as the executive committee to run the association: "We are still in need of a sponsor to structure this sport locally and make sure our riders and clubs benefit a better share to start on the development side of cycling in Botswana," said Masire.
Masire said they have been recently been approached by some companies which wanted to sponsor the Association and cut ties with clubs. A proposal they did not accept.
"We have been approached by some of the companies which wanted to stop sponsoring some of our clubs and focus on the association in general, unfortunately that cannot happen", he said.
The second item on agenda, which has raised concern for association was the riders licensing, which is said to be demanding since it needs a lot of money and includes benefits like insuring the riders. It is said that riders locally are not insured due to expensive rates locally.
"We plan to negotiate with insurance companies to cover all licensed cyclists," revealed Masire.
The Association showed growth as they have been joined by two newly formed clubs being Team Cycling club and Cycle for life club which joined the association recently.
The Sports Development Manager Admin from the BNSC, Elsie Magadi Kenosi gave words of encouragement to BCA and urged them to continue growing. " I urge you to maintain the spirit of independency because out of 39 associations, BNSC tries by all means to divide the little it has to fund all, so work on looking for a sponsor," she said.
Furthermore, elections took place and the affiliates seemed impressed with the outgoing committee as they voted it back into the office. The committee which was voted back into office consists of, President, Mmetla Masire, Secretary General, Tlamelo Dube, Treasure, Karabo Rasenyai , Public Relations Officer Kagiso Potongwane and two additional members. The Vice President post was left vacant as there was no one campaigning for it.
The elected President encouraged the clubs to organize races for them to be able to raise funds, Masire said by doing so they should consult with the Association calendar to avoid causing confusions and creating events at the same time as that will undermine a positive outcome.