Once again Amantle Montsho of Botswana Athletics became victorious as the best sportsperson of the year for 2010! She has won this title for three consecutive years.
And yet again, it was Botswana Athletics sport code that dominated the awards conducted on the 9th April 2011. The awards saw the BNSC Chairperson award shared by two sports persons, Diphetogo Selolwane and Tebogo Lebotse.
Dipsy Selolwane is currently a football professional who has been influential in the local football for a long time. He is credited with ensuring Botswana zebras, the football national team, qualifies for Africa Nations Cup for 2012.
Tebogo Lebotse is the Botswana Netball Association president She has raised the profile for netball which is now performing well internationally.
For more details on the 2010 Awards go here, or follow the links below.
Botswana's best sports performers
Botswana best sports performers 2010
Botswana best sports performers 2009
Botswana is a sporting country, and Batswana are sports loving people.
In almost the 40+ years as an independent country Botswana is yet to make any meaningful impact as a sporting force internationally.
BNSC and sport excellence in Botswana
The Botswana National Sport Council is the governing body for all sport in Botswana. All registered sport associations in Botswana are affiliated to the Council. In turn, the BNSC is affiliated to international sport bodies such as the Supreme Council of Africa.
Established in 1965 during which only three sport associations were affiliated to it, BNSC aims for sport excellence in Botswana by enabling athletes to compete at international level.
Most of the sport codes in Botswana participate a lot in Zone VI tournaments. This is a regional body comprising of the countries within southern Africa, which include; Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Mozambique, Angola, Malawi and Namibia.
Catch them young and nurture their talent. That is the objective of the Botswana Games, the BNSC brainchild.
The Botswana Games are a special area of sport that only 19 year old or younger participate in.
The games take place every to years and have been played twice already, in 2007 and 2009.
Football or soccer dominates the local sport scene, and Batswana are football crazy.
Football is governed by the Botswana Football Association, the first body to be affiliated to the BNSC in 1965.
Follow all the updates on Zebras preparations and scores during AFCON 2012 here.
Botswana national football team - ZEBRAS
The Botswana national football team, the Zebras, is the surprise leader of the pack in the African Nations Cup after they beat Chad 1-0 home and away, Tunisia 1-0 home and away, drew 1-1 with Malawi in Malawi and beat Togo 2-1 in Gaborone and now have 16 points. Botswana have now qualified to play in the AFCON 2012 and will be featuring for the first time in the tournament!
Botswana is still to make a mark in the Olympic games even though it has sent representatives to some Olympic games held in the past.
The Botswana team is managed by the Botswana National Olympic Committee.
Botswana volleyball is doing well internationally.
Both the male and female teams have triumphed and walked away as regional champions of southern Africa. This has meant that they represent the region in continental competitions in Egypt and Nigeria.
Volleyball also scores high marks at club level because it has represented Botswana well at the African clubs championships.
Botswana volleyball is governed by the Botswana Volleyball Federation which was formed in 1979.
Rugby in Botswana
Never mind the 130 to 10 drubbing that the Botswana national Rugby Team received from Zimbabwe in 1996. It happens, you know.
A solid win of 13 to 3 by Botswana inflicted over Swaziland in 2001 atoned for that loss. This win represented the first ever win by the Botswana team since the formation of the Botswana Rugby Union in 1992.
The Botswana Rugby team has only played in qualifying tournaments but has never qualified for the Rugby world cup finals.
The game seems relatively new to Botswana, but it is not. Club rugby has been in existence during the 1970's but it was largely played by non-citizens, as it has been attested in this article.
After the formation of the Union the sport increased in popularity when it was introduced in schools in 1996.
You can read an interesting piece on the early days of rugby in Botswana in the 1970s and 80s by Paul Ward.
Tennis in Botswana
Tennis is the oldest sport to be played in Botswana.
However, proper governance of the sport was recognized after the Botswana Tennis Association affiliated to BNSC in the early 1970s.
This is one of the well resourced sport codes in the country, which has participated in renowned tournaments such as the Davis Cup.
Athletics is the crown toast of sports in Botswana, as it has raised the Botswana flag high in international competitions on a couple of occasions.
Athletics in Botswana is governed by Botswana Athletics Association which was established in 1972, but was officially registered in 1979.
Batswana athletes are well known for their success in the middle distance track events such as 400m, 800m, 1500m and 3000m.