The Botswana Africa Youth Games Organising Committee (BAYGOC) has stepped up its preparations to host successful games with the appointment of key members for its secretariat.
The organizing committee has appointed the Botswana National Olympic Committee (BNOC) Chief Executive Officer, Tuelo Serufho, as its secretariat’s CEO. The appointment of Serufho brings to an end the BAYGOC’s short search for a CEO to lead its executive whilst also marking the beginning of recruitment of other members of the secretariat to drive the day to day 2nd Africa Youth Games preparations.
Speaking in an interview, BAYGOC’s Chairperson, Ms Regina Sikalesele-Vaka, said the organizing committee settled for Serufho to lead its Secretariat after interviewing different potential CEOs. She said while the people they interviewed were also qualified to lead the BAYGOC Secretariat, the appointment of the current BNOC CEO made more sense given the short time left before Botswana hosts the games.
“As the BAYGOC, we needed someone who is already familiar with the Olympics movement as well as having knowledge of running the games. We believed that with less time left before the games begin, we needed someone who will not have to take long to adapt and the only person we had given the time is Serufho,” Sikalesele-Vaka explained.
She said, after coming to this decision, they then approached the BNOC to second their CEO to them to spearhead the games’ preparations. As part of his mandate, the new BAYGOC Secretariat CEO will be tasked with spearheading the recruitment of personnel to help run the BAYGOC day to day activities. Apart from this, he will also be expected to liaise with all stakeholders who will be involved in organizing the games.
“For starters, when the bid was compiled, a lot of consultation was made with potential sponsors and partners, both local and international. These include the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA). We felt that given that he (Serufho) was part of the team that made the bid, he already had all the connections and will not have to adapt,” Sikalesele-Vaka explained. She said they also felt that with Serufho involved in sport, he will gain a lot of experience from heading this campaign, which in turn will greatly benefit the BNOC and the general sports fraternity in the long run.
Sikalalesele-Vaka said that Serufho’s secondment will be only for twelve months, after which he will go back to his job at the BNOC. Confirming the secondment, BNOC President Negroes Kgosietsile said based on the magnitude of the games and the time remaining, they had but little choice not to yield to the BAYGOC request. He said with Serufho having been pivotal in the games’ bid process and being familiar with all the people involved, he is an ideal man to head the BAYGOC Secretariat.
Kgosietsile said as part of the deal, Serufho will for now until end of September lead both the BNOC and BAYGOC Secretariat before joining BAYGOC Secretariat full time at the beginning of October. In the period when he is holding both forts, Serufho will among other things be involved in recruiting staff for the vacant positions in the BNOC. One of the positions expected to be filled will be that of the BNOC Chief Operating Officer, who will then be expected to hold the BNOC CEO post temporarily while Serufho is with the BAYGOC.