Talking hoops with Hardy
It is a little under a year since 35-year-old Boineelo Hardy was voted in as the Botswana Basketball Association’s (BBA) newest President.
The former national team captain, who retired from competitive action back in 2006, pledged to revive the ailing sport, promising wholesale changes that would transform basketball in Botswana.
Now, on the eve of her one-year anniversary in the BBA hot seat, Voice reporter Portia Ngwako-Mlilo sat down with Hardy to discuss her time as Madame President to date.
Top of the agenda was last month’s Zone VI Club Championships Preliminaries, which were held in the country for the first time.
Organised by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), the regional tournament included 24 teams – 12 men’s and 12 women’s – two each from Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique and Angola.
Q. How did Botswana qualify to host the Zone VI Club Championships?
A. The past executive is the one that showed interest in hosting these games.
Previously, the games had only been hosted by Mozambique and Angola – the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) has always encouraged other countries to host.
BBA submitted its request and it was approved that we host this year’s championship.