The Botswana National Sports Commission (BNSC) will host their 37th annual Sports awards this Saturday at Boipuso Hall in Gaborone.
One of the biggest awards for the night will be the Sports men of the year award, which pits together 800m sensation Nigel Amos with Thuso Mosutha of Chess and Ofentse Bakwadi (Karate).
Another big category is the Sportsperson of the year award which see Karabo Sibanda taking on Gavin Mogopa of judo and Thabang Setshogo (Karate). The battle among the three will be interesting with all the three athletes evenly matched.
Karate’s Thato Malunga is nominated for Sports woman of the year award alongside Onkemetse Francis (Chess) and Christine Botlogetswe of athletics. The three ladies are all up in arms pulling the award in different directions and where the award is heading is purely unpredictable.
The men’s kumite team that comprised Oratile Caiphus, Lemogang Koolopile, Thabang Setshogo, Teto Wakwena and Karabo Rantlole have been nominated for the national team of the year award. The karateka’s will battle it out against athletics men’s 4x400m relay team comprising Baboloki Thebe, Amos, Isaac Makwala, Leaname Maotoanong, Onkabetse Nkobolo and Karabo Sibanda in a fierce battle.
Athletics National team coach, Mogomotsi Otsetswe has been nominated for coach of the year award. Otsetswe will be going up against Peter Molefhe of Karate and Thebe Setlalekgosi of boxing for the award, which will go down to the most admirable mentor.
Other nominees include junior female sportsperson, Besa Masaite (Chess), Tshegofatso Tsiang (Tennis) and Galefele Moroko (athletics). Sports administrator: Dorothy Tlagae (judo) and Tshenolo Maruatona (Chess). Non-citizens sports award: Estony Pridge (judo) and Zilwele Khumalo (Rugby).
Sport code of the year: Botswana Cricket Association, Botswana Chess Federation and Botswana Athletics Association. Umpire/referee: Edgar Serole (volleyball), Joshua Bondo (Football) and Gaone Poane (tennis). Group code: BOTESSA and BOPSSA.
Sportsperson with disability (woman): Kedumetse John (Special Olympics), Nonofo Zigwa (Special Olympics) and Goitseone Ramontshonyane (Special Olympics). Sportsperson with disability (man): Keatlaretse Marape (PASSOBO) and Brightfield Shadi (Special Olympics).