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STANDING STRONG: Kamanga and Jimmy Moshokgo at a previous tournament
STANDING STRONG: Kamanga and Jimmy Moshokgo at a previous tournament

Darts to return with tourist town tournie

With local sport slowly waking from its long, Covid-19 enforced hibernation, Darts is the latest code to set a date for a return to competitive action.

The arrows will finally fly again soon as a tournament has been planned for 4 December in the tourist town of Maun.

In a brief interview with Voice Sport, Northern Regional Darts League (NRDL) Public Relations Officer (PRO), Ontiretse Bakaang explained they chose Maun in a bid to showcase the game in the north.

“The first reason is to take Darts to the people of Ngamiland, to introduce the game that side since Maun only has one team, Legends. We believe this event will help Botswana Dart Association (BODA) in their bid to spread the sporting code throughout the country,” stated Bakaang, adding the ultimate goal is to have the sport played in schools throughout Botswana, at both primary and tertiary level.

The NRDL Mouthpiece further declared that although only 30 players had registered for the tournament so far, they expect the number to rise to at least 100.

“We are expecting six players who recently went to Cape Town for the World Cup Qualifiers,” disclosed Bakaang, noting that David Kamanga, who made it to the last 32 in Cape Town, has confirmed his intention to take part.

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Promising a strong field and a high quality competition, she stated, “We have other top players who didn’t go for trials but would surprise you on their day. I would not be surprised if an unknown individual emerges the winner!”

DARTS STAR: Kamanga

DARTS STAR: Kamanga

“Events will include Doubles and Singles and men will play separately from women. And there will be free category which includes team of 4 players.”

Quizzed on what the players stand to win, Bakaang responded, “We have currently drafted prizes but it has not been finalized as most of the prizes are sponsored by private companies but they have not bought those prizes, we are hopeful that this part will be confirmed by the end of this week.”

The tournament will be held in partnership with Cresta Maun Resort, although organisers are hopeful of securing more sponsors.

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