Botswana Karate Association (BOKA) this week moved swiftly to suspend young Karateka Boitumelo Koone, BG Sport has learnt.
Koone’s suspension follows his much-publicized displeasure with the Association after sustaining an injury. Koone recently came out all guns blazing when he accused the BOKA leadership of neglecting him after the career threatening leg injury he sustained earlier this year.
Last week BG sport reported Koone’s story when the athlete said the intervention of a family member saved his life as his injuries would have taken a turn for the worst. According to Koone, a private doctor who attended to his injury discovered a ligament tear and blood clots around his wound.
To add salt to injury, the Karateka vented his frustrations on social media and used derogatory terms to address BOKA officials. According to the athlete, BOKA does not care about the welfare of athletes. However, it seems the BOKA Executive Committee did not tolerate Koone’s behavior. This week, BOKA slapped the 2010 Botswana National Sports Commission (BNSC) junior sports person of the year award winner with a suspension letter.
Reached for comment on the matter, BOKA mouthpiece Isaiah Ramontshonyane confirmed the suspension of the athlete from all BOKA activities. He explained that they have put Koone on suspension until further notice while they investigate the matter.
Ramontshonyane explained that the karateka breached one of the BOKA policies hence his suspension. According to article 7.5 of the BOKA constitution, no member or club shall approach the media or any other external body for redress without exhausting all available channels of dispute resolution.
Ramontshonyane said that they do not condone indiscipline at BOKA and it is unfortunate that some athletes often neglect the rules put before them. He said the athlete should have followed the right appeal procedures if he felt aggrieved by the decisions made by the executive committee.
Ramontshonyana said the athlete commission and the disciplinary committee would hear the matter. “We are not sure what will happen but the decision will be made once we have exhausted all angles of the matter,” he said.
For his part, Koone of Kofukan Federation remained cagey when asked about the details of his suspension letter. The athlete said he was still dealing with the matter and will be open to talk at a later time. Nevertheless, BG Sport has been reliably informed that prior to his injury early this year, the once promising athlete was returning from a two- year suspension. It is alleged that Koone was previously over issues of indiscipline. “He might be forgiven if he is remorseful but it becomes a bit tricky if he is repeat offender.
It does not look, nevertheless cases differ,” Ramontshonyane said. For his part Kofukan chairman David Hobona said he was not aware of any recent suspensions involving one of their own. “The matter has not reached me yet and I am afraid I cannot comment on the matter,” he said.
Veteran marathon runner Onneile Dintwe ensured that she defends her PPC Kgale Hill Challenge title by winning this year’s edition of the PPC Cement Kgale challenge within an hour after running a beautiful and yet challenging course.
The race course was not easy as it features a lot of step climbs that required both skill and stamina.
The lean and mean Dintwe won the race for the third consecutive after recording an impressive 57 minutes in 2016 and narrowly improving it by a minute in 2017, this time around the Kanye born struggled under a new course and came home to finish the race after an hour.
Dintwe recently joined Gaborone Striders Running Club, from Nedbank Running Club, a move she believes will open up doors for her, “there is a marathon I want to run and my new club will help me get there as they specialize in ultra-marathons and marathons,” she said in a sideline interview after the Marathon. “The plan is to run the Soweto Marathon, which is 42 km and then prepare for the next year Marathon which will now be 56 km.”
Further Dintwe believes she will further polish her chance of competing at advanced Marathons in Europe where the prize money is even better. “Athletics on its own is a challenge, I should have P60 000 in my pocket as per preparations for big marathons which, I will spend money for preparation for a period of 3 months. With this kind of preparation, I can be able to compete in Europe where prize money is around half a million.”
“I knew that anything could happen because my preparations were not at an optimum level. Sport is expensive and it requires a lot of money for dieting and supplements amongst other things. You need at least P60,000 over three months,” she said.
Dintwe walked away with P7500 in prize money for the Kgale Uphill Challenge. Meanwhile the men’s champion was Sibusiso Nzima from Nedbank who recorded a time of 49:00:00. He walked away with P7,500 for his efforts.
Addressing the media after the race, PPC Managing Director Tuelo Botlhole said half of the Marathon proceedings will be donated to Mokolodi pre-school, which requires completion and renovation. “We have a quarry in Mokolodi hence our selection of Mmokolodi Pre-school, we mine the rocks and sand that is used in the construction of Boatle-Game City road,” Botlhole said.
He added that the route was amended to accommodate the ongoing road construction of Boatle Game City Road. Botlhole cited that this time around athletes had a chance to enjoy a new scenery around Kgale. The PPC Kgale Hill Challenge was celebrating 20 years of existence.