1.   Short title


   2.   Interpretation


Establishment and Functions of the Commission


   3.   Continuation of establishment of Commission


   4.   Functions of the Commission


Administration of Commission


   5.   Establishment of Board


   6.   Direction by the Minister


   7.   Tenure of office


   8.   Disqualification of a member


   9.   Removal from office


   10.   Vacation of office


   11.   Filling of vacancy


   12.   Committees of Board


   13.   Reports to the Minister


   14.   Remuneration and allowance


Meetings and Proceedings of the Board


   15.   Proceedings of Board


   16.   Disclosure of interest


   17.   Confidentiality


   18.   Validity of decisions and acts of Board


General Meetings of the Commission


   19.   Meetings of the Commission


Chief Executive Officer and other Staff of the Commission


   20.   Chief Executive Officer


   21.   Appointment of staff


Register and Registration of Members


   22.   Register


   23.   Procedure for registration


   24.   Certificate of recognition


   25.   Suspension of recognition


   26.   Restoration of name to register


Disciplinary Committee and Appeals Committee


   27.   Appointment of Disciplinary Committee


   28.   Disciplinary powers of Disciplinary Committee


   29.   Disregard of summons, etc.


   30.   Powers of Disciplinary Committee at inquiry


   31.   Appointment of Appeals Committee


   32.   Appeal against decision of Appeal Committee


   33.   Application of sections 14,16 and 17 to members of a committee, etc.


   34.   Publication of outcome of proceedings



Financial Provisions


   35.   Revenues of Commission


   36.   Financial year


   37.   Accounts and audit


   38.   Annual Report


Doping Control


   39.   Doping control tests


   40.   Power of Minister to enter into agreements regarding doping control tests




   41.   Sports leave


   42.   Indemnity


   43.   Regulations


   44.   Repeal of Cap. 60:01


   45.   Savings and transitional

Act 4, 1981,
S.I. 59, 1982,
Act 5, 1983,
S.I. 48, 2003,
Act 30, 2014,
SI. 69, 2015.

An Act to establish the Botswana National Sport Commission and to provide for its powers and functions; to provide for the registration of sports associations; to provide for doping control; and for matters incidental thereto.

[Date of Commencement: 1st July, 2015]

Preliminary (ss1-2)


1.   Short title

   This Act may be cited as the Botswana National Sport Commission Act.


2.    Interpretation

   In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires-

   “Appeals Committee” means the Committee appointed under section 31;

   “Board” means the Board of the Commission appointed under section 5;

   “Botswana National Olympic Committee” means a body registered under the Societies Act, and duly recognised by the International Olympic Committee as the national level structure for dealing with Olympic matters;

   “Chairperson” means the Chairperson of the Board appointed under section 5 (2) (a);

   “Chief Executive Officer” means the Chief Executive Officer of the Commission appointed under section 20 (1);

   “Commission” means the Botswana National Sport and Commission established under section 3;

   “Disciplinary Committee” means the Disciplinary Committee appointed under section 27;

   “doping”, in relation to sports, means one of the following-


   (a)   the presence of a prohibited substance or its metabolites or markers in an athlete’s bodily specimen;


   (b)   the use or attempted use of a prohibited substance or a prohibited method;


   (c)   refusing, or failing without compelling justification, to submit to sample collection after notification as authorised in applicable anti-doping rules or otherwise evading sample collection;


   (d)   violation of applicable requirements regarding athlete availability for out-of-competition testing, including failure to provide required whereabouts information;


   (e)   tampering, or attempting to tamper, with any part of doping control;


   (f)   possession of prohibited substances or methods;


   (g)   trafficking in any prohibited substance or prohibited method; or


   (h)   administration or attempted administration of a prohibited substance or prohibited method to any athlete, or assisting, encouraging, aiding, abetting, covering up or any other type of complicity involving an anti-doping rule violation or any attempted violation;

   “member” means a member of the Board;

   “national team” means a team officially representing the country;

   “Paralymic Association of Botswana” means a body registered under the Societies Act, and duly recognised by the International Paralymic Committee as the national level structure for dealing with Paralymic matters;

   “sport association” means a body registered under the Societies Act, which has as its principal objective the promotion or organisation of any sport or recreation activity at national level;

   “repealed Act” means the Botswana National Sports Council Act repealed under section 44; and

   “Women and Sport Botswana” means a body registered under the Societies Act, and duly recognised by the International Working Group on Women and Sport as the national level structure for dealing with women in sport.

Establishment and Functions of the Commission (ss3-4)


3.   Continuation of establishment of Commission

   (1) The Council known as the Botswana National Sports Council, established under the repealed Act, is hereby continued under the new name of the Botswana National Sport Commission.

   (2) The Commission shall be a body corporate with perpetual succession and a common seal, capable of suing and being sued in its own name and, subject to the provisions of this Act, of performing such acts as bodies corporate may by law perform.


4.   Functions of the Commission

   The functions of the Commission shall be-


   (a)   to determine policies for giving effect to the objects and purposes of the Act;


   (b)   to advise the Minister to change, review or formulate sport related policies and strategies where necessary;


   (c)   to provide leadership and guidance on sport development and promotion;


   (d)   to assist the sport associations ensure that their policies and procedures meet the required standards;


   (e)   to provide knowledge through sport education programmes;


   (f)   to ensure private sector participation in sport development;


   (g)   to mainstream the benefits of sport and physical activity and recreation in the lives of Botswana;


   (h)   to facilitate the preparation of the national team in regional and international competitions;


   (i)   to provide leadership and guidance in prioritising funding for sports associations and recreation clubs;


   (j)   to take responsibility and leadership in the process for hosting regional and international competitions;


   (k)   to promote the national brand and symbols through sport;


   (l)   to promote sport tourism;


   (m)   to facilitate elite sport development and participation in international Competitions in collaboration with Botswana National Olympic Committee;


   (n)   to ensure structured talent identification and nurturing of athletes;


   (o)   to ensure compliance with set ethics and standards, conventions and protocols;


   (p)   to regulate sport at all levels;


   (q)   to promote the development of professional sport;


   (r)   to conduct research on sport and sport related issues;


   (s)   to authorise participation of national teams in international sport competitions;


   (t)   to set performance targets and design programmes aimed at facilitating the continued growth and development of sport; and


   (u)   to promote the inclusion of girls, women and people with disabilities in sport.

Administration of the Commission (ss 5-14)

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