Selebi Phikwe – Orange Botswana is the new sponsor of the Selebi Phikwe National Marathon commonly known as ‘Phikwe Marathon’.
The company stepped in to sponsor the annual sporting event to the tune of P300 000 for three consecutive years. Each year the prestigious sporting event will be awarded P100 000 by the network provider.
Speaking during the unveiling of the sponsorship on April 28, the sponsorship coordinator from Orange Botswana Mosarwa Molema said Selebi Phikwe was an essential part of the economy of Botswana and a good area to invest in.
He said the Phikwe Marathon was one area to invest in the mining town as part of his organisations corporate social responsibility mandate.
He said the sport needed to be nurtured and supported and as Orange Botswana, their intension was to see ‘Phikwe Marathon’ being internationally recognised beyond the borders of Southern African countries.
The town mayor who is also the chairperson of the marathon’s Local Organising Committee (LOC) Amogelang Mojuta said their main aim as the LOC was to make Selebi Phikwe people own the marathon and take part in the event. He also said the marathon would avail opportunities for economical ventures for local businesses. He further indicated that athletes taking part in the competition would have the opportunity to qualify for international marathon competitions because the ‘Phikwe Marathon’ was recognised by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).
“We will observe all the ethical standards in line with the sporting activity so that we do not let down our sponsor and the IAAF,” he said.
The Phikwe Marathon LOC public relation officer Kennedy Dudzayi said the activity would not only be about running the race but would also be a fun day for family outings. He said the occasion would include fun activities for children such as face painting, jumping castle, treasure hunt, five aside football for both men and women, tug of war among other activities.
He also mentioned that they changed the route of the marathon especially the 42.2 km which was the main race. He said the route would pass through communities as well as along routes where schools are located so that resident can cheer on the runners.
Dudzayi said they intended to involve all small businesses and use local suppliers to supply any materials needed for the activity as a way to empower local businesses and diversify the economy of the town. “We will also be working hand in hand with Sport Volunteer Movement,” he said.
Dudzayi also highlighted that the registration for the marathon will commence on the 1 st of May. “The prizes for the activity have not changed from last year’s event as competitors in the main race stand a chance to win the grand price of P25 000 for the first place, P15 000 for second place, P10 000 for third place, P7500 fourth place while P5 000 will be awarded athletes obtaining the fifth spot. All prizes apply to both genders,” he said.
SOURCE: Daily News