This the annual Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland (Boleswa) games held on a rotational basis between the University of Botswana (UB), National University of Lesotho (NUL) and National University of Swaziland (Uniswa) this year will consist only of NUL and Uniswa.
Talking to Informative Sport, the skipper of skippers from NUL All-Sports Committee, Edgar Zola, confirmed that they received a letter being informed that UB will not be part of the games this year following a chaotic strike for non-payment of its students’ monthly allowances early last month.
“Therefore,” he said, “they are behind schedule with their studies and they need that games week to recover.”
The games started on March 10 2017 and the opening ceremony was a day before and the games will end this Friday.
Lesotho left for to Swaziland last week Friday and Zola said as organizers they are happy with the number of students who went for the games to support their athletes who will be fighting for victory for their university and for the country as well.
“NUL will consist of 700 participants and it is out there to defend their overall trophy they dethroned from the 2015 champions, UB.
Apart from that Zola earlier told this paper that last year they had 16 gold medals across all sporting codes and UB had 16 but he said NUL managed to overcome the tie because it had more silver medals.
“This year we are more than fully prepared to defend our title, we want to win the title away from home and make 2 wins in a row,” said Zola.
He also added that these games are held between the sister-universities of as a show of solidarity and mutual friendship and for students to exchange development ideas.
On top of that in this year’s games, the ladies’ rugby sevens will be introduced as a demo sport while softball has been removed due to lack of softball facilities in Swaziland. He said if the ladies’ rugby sevens passes the trials it will be added as a competing sport next year.
As part of preparation for the intervarsity the newly formed NUL rugby ladies’ sevens team has been participating in the ongoing Lesotho National Women Rugby Championship Cup (NWRCC).
The games were held in Lesotho last year and they are to be in Botswana next year.