Debswana Diamond Company pledges support to the Botswana Olympic and Paralympic Teams by providing monetary incentives to the tune of P1.5 million upon their return from the Olympic Games in Tokyo. This is in addition to the P200,000.00 that Debswana contributed in 2019 towards the Teams' preparations for the Olympic Games.
Debswana pledges P1.5 million to award all athletes depending on medals won; this will also include awards to all the athletes who may not have earned any medals as recognition for their effort, as well as a token of appreciation to the coaches.
"We join the nation in acknowledging that the athletes have risen against the challenges they have faced during the pandemic and funds constraints, to make it to the event in Tokyo. We also acknowledge that the Olympic Games do not offer prize money to those who win medals; rather the athletes participate for national pride and to gain exposure," said Lynette Armstrong, Debswana's Acting Managing Director.
"In the past, Debswana has assisted to incentivise athletes for similar competitions. In 2019, Debswana contributed P200,000.00 towards the Botswana National Olympic Team's preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Games. We have also supported the Paralympic Team in the past, including in 2019 when we awarded the Botswana Paralympic Team and coaches a total of P212 000.00 upon their return from the Games. Athletes were also awarded on their return from the last Commonwealth Games held in 2018," she added.
"On behalf of the BNOC, I am proud to confirm that Debswana has been a proud partner of Team Botswana to Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games since 2019 as already alluded to by the Debswana Managing Director. The donation towards preparations for Tokyo 2020 was very instrumental and went a long way in assisting the team through some of its activities, and for that we shall forever be thankful," Wedu Motswetla, BNOC Acting Chief Executive Officer. "It is therefore another stellar moment for us at BNOC to learn that Debswana would once again honour the Teams with performance incentives and/or participation packages for participants with no medals and their coaches," she added.
Debswana continues to support sports development as part of our Building Forever sustainability strategy, as well as our commitment to supporting Botswana's Vision 2036 and the United National Sustainable Development Goals. In line with this, Debswana is in talks with the Botswana Athletics Association to re-establish requirements for partnership towards the development of current and future crop of athletics teams in Botswana. Additionally, Debswana will continue to work with various sporting codes in Botswana to deliver various sport development programmes.