But according to a BNOC letter written to the International Baseball Federation (IBF) in January 2015, by Tuelo Serufho, then general manager of BNOC, Baseball Botswana has been recognized as the sole national federation responsible for the development of baseball in Botswana. . “Baseball Botswana has applied to become a member of BNOC, however, their application can only be considered at the General Assembly after they have accepted membership in the International Baseball Federation,” Serufho wrote at the time. In November 2017, baseball received a letter from the World Baseball and Softball Confederation (WBSC) which gave them full membership status. The letter stated that after the WBSC Congress held on October 13, 2017 in Gaborone, the WBSC approved Baseball Botswana as a new full member.
Baseball Botswana President Latzbon Segaise told Mmegi Sport he was unhappy with BNOC’s treatment. “When we submitted our BNOC membership application, they advised us to become a member of the International Baseball Federation. The international body recognized us in 2017. We then submitted our new status to BNOC, ”he said.
Segaise said BNOC had requested additional information, which was surprising. He said after going back and forth with the BNOC, he decided to take the matter to the WBSC for advice. “The WBSC even wondered why we didn’t participate in BNOC activities because we are an Olympic sport. When we let them know what we are going through, BNOC feels like we are reporting them, ”he said. Seagise revealed that the Botswana Softball Association (BSA) also wanted to block its BNOC affiliation. “People should know that baseball and softball are not one National Sports Association (NSA). So, as it is, we are losing a lot of opportunities. Even our equipment is not available locally, ”he said. Segaise added that they would not be able to receive any donations as long as the affiliation remains suspended.
The suspension means that baseball cannot vote in the upcoming BNOC Board of Directors elections, while the Botswana Softball Association (BSA) and Botswana Karate Association (BOKA) have been given the opportunity to vote. The two NSAs were initially banned from voting because they will not be part of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. BSA general secretary Nozie Malunga Payet explained that they had appealed the decision at the general assembly BNOC emergency, while BOKA chairman Tshepho Bathai said the confusion had been lifted, clearing the way for them to vote. In the meantime, the BNOC has set up the Nominations and Elections Committee (NEC). The appointments were made last week at the Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM). Four candidatures were submitted, the fifth being nominated by the assembly to make the five candidatures required.
While the BNOC has refused to release the names of the committee members, Mmegi Sport is reliably informed that Charmaine Khupe is leading the group as chairman while Karabo Samuel and Elijah Kokoro also make up the committee. BNOC’s Kupe said management was still discussing the list and therefore was unable to provide the names. The concern before the EGM was that the mandate of the previous NEC had expired in May and that the Ordinary General Assembly held in May should have elected a new committee at that time.
The NEC is now in place and would re-launch invitations for nominations to the BNOC board to be elected at the general assembly later this year. The initial election date was October 16.