BCF Confident of Retaining Sponsors

• This is in spite of financial constraints faced by businesses in the advent of the Covid-19 pandemic

BCF Confident of Retaining Sponsors
GABORONE 17 August 2017, President of the World Chess Federation- FIDE Kirsan Nikolayevich Ilyumzhinov (L) visited Botswana and briefs the media on 17 August 2017. Botswana Chess Federation (BCF) president Motlhokomedi Thabano (R) was present during the press briefing. (Pic:Monirul Bhuiyan/Press Photo)

While many sporting codes are currently finding it difficult to secure or keep their sponsors due to the financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Botswana Chess Federation (BCF) will retain its sponsors, this publication can reveal.

According to BCF president Motlhokomedi Tlhabano, the unpredictable nature of COVID-19 is making sponsors more wary about where their money goes. “However, because of the good relationship that we have with our sponsors, we are confident of retaining them,” he said in an interview with The Business Weekly Sports. “We have worked professionally with our sponsors over the years and so far our communication with them is positive.”

BCF has tended to be regarded favourably by sponsors over the years. It counts Metropolitan Botswana, Debswana, Botash, Kalahari Associates, Airfficiency, Malike Mmohe, Collins Chilisa Consultants, Grace World Africa Foundation and Capital Bank among its sponsors. Others are Morupule Coal Mine, MOBE, FIDE, BOFINET, Nashua, Mascom and Mater Spei College.

Asked about suspension of grants to sporting codes that has coincided with the return of chess events following 2020 lockdowns, Tlhabano responded: “There will be a negative impact on sports growth nationally. Even more critically is the fact that school sports have been down since last year. But it is better for growth to be slow with the possibility of improving in future.  Cautiousness is needed with this pandemic. We cannot afford to lose lives.”