History of the Botswana Games
The idea of Botswana Games was conceptualized in 2005 by Botswana National Sport Commission. The idea was to have a national multi-sport event that will be utilized to prepare young Batswana athletes of 19 years of age and under for international multi-sport competitions that includes the SCSA Zone VI under 20 Youth Games, All Africa Games, Commonwealth Games and the Olympic Games.
In December 2007, the first ever Botswana games were hosted in Gaborone Botswana. All the sixteen (16) districts in the country took part in a total of 11 sporting codes. To ensure an enhanced experience at the Botswana Games, a local Organizing Committees chaired by Mr. Dabulani Buthali facilitated the preparations for the games. The inaugural Botswana Games attracted a total of 3029 athletes, managers, coaches, volunteers and competition officials. At these Games, Gaborone District emerged as the overall winner, followed by North East and Central districts respectively.
In December 2009 all the 16 districts took part in the 2nd Botswana Games. The 2nd Botswana Games showed growth in stature as two more sporting codes were added to the enlisted sporting codes. As such, the 16 districts that participated in the 2nd Botswana Games competed in a total of 13 sporting codes. The Botswana National Sports Council supported the efforts of the districts as they prepared to participate at the Games. The support was offered through efforts of the Games Organizing Committee that was chaired by Mr. Dabulani Buthali. At these Games once again, Gaborone District emerged the winner after scooping the majority of the medals in the various events followed by the Central District.
The 3rd Botswana Games was held in Gaborone Botswana from the 11th to the 18th of December 2011. A total of 5650 athletes, officials, managers, coaches and volunteers took part in the Games. In preparations for the games, the Botswana National Sport Commission put in place the Games Standing Committee which was chaired by Mr. Boitshoko Tsiane to facilitate the preparations for the 3rd Botswana Games. The Games attracted a total of 16 districts that took part in a total of 13 sporting codes. Various playing facilities throughout Gaborone hosted the events and the University of Botswana was the Games villages.
The 4th Botswana Games was hosted in Francistown Botswana from the 5th to the 13th of December 2015. It attracted a total of 5654 athletes, officials, managers, coaches and volunteers. In preparations for these games, the Botswana National Sport Commission put in place the Games Organising Committee which was chaired by Mr Bobby Gaseitsiwe to facilitate the preparations for the 4th Botswana Games. A total of 16 districts took part in a total of 13 sporting codes. Various playing facilities throughout Francistown hosted the events and due to lack of facilities a few places were turned into Games villages.
The 5th Botswana Games was hosted by Gaborone in 2017, which Gaborone District won as has been the culture of the Games since their inception where the host district has always emerged victorious. A total of 16 Districts from throughout Botswana competed in a total of 13 sporting codes. In preparations for these games, the Botswana National Sport Commission put in place the Games Organising Committee which was chaired by Mr Bobby Gaseitsiwe to facilitate the preparations for the 5th Botswana Games.
The next edition (6th edition) of Botswana Games is scheduled for the 9th-17th December 2019 at various venues in Gaborone.
The games are a biennial event in which athletes who represent their respective districts would compete in a variety of sporting codes. The idea was conceptualized with a variety of purposes including:
- Unearthing the talented athletes from a variety of districts from throughout the country.
- Affording young and emerging athletes an opportunity to compete in competitions that are facilitated in accordance with a variety of international competitions so that they may be exposed to activities that take place at international sporting events.
- Selecting youth teams and preparing them for international sporting events such as the SCSA Zone VI
- Under 20 Youth Games and the All Africa Games.
- Giving the sport administrators at home an opportunity to practice for hosting mega international events.
2019 BOTSWANA GAMES FINAL -DISTRICT PARTICIPATING ANTICIPATED NUMBERSAthletes = 2440 | Officials = 566 | Total number = 3006