Organized by the South African Bridge Federation (SABF), the tournament will bring together 26 strong teams from South Africa with Botswana being the only team invited from outside. A total of 200 boards will be played within the four days of the tournament that is part of SABF efforts to promote the card game in the country. Speaking to Mmegi Sport, BBF spokesperson, Tshepiso Ramaribana said they are honoured to receive the invitation as it shows that Botswana have some of the best players in the region, evidenced by invitations they receive for top tournaments every year. Ramaribana said although they could not send their best teams due to school and work commitments, she believed all the players in the team are good and will come back with good results.
The team was selected on Saturday at an Open Teams Tournament at the University of Botswana (UB) that was sponsored by Gaborone Container terminal (GABCON) to the tune of P10, 000. Ramaribana hailed the tournament a success saying the level of play was good and young players competing in the youth category were impressive.
It was the federation’s inaugural teams tournament of the year following a prolonged period of inactivity.
Ramaribana expressed gratitude to GABCON for coming forward to answer their plea for sponsorship, as their major hindrance in the past was lack of sponsors.
“It was a very competitive tournament and everything went well. BBF would like to thank GABCON and the media for their support,” Ramaribana said. She said the sponsorship came at the right time because it enabled them to select a team for Knysna and assess players for upcoming competitions. Meanwhile, last Friday BBF held a bridge introduction workshop for journalists as a way of improving their understanding of the game. Ramaribana said they decided to arrange the workshop after realising that most journalists did not seem to understand the game, hence shy away from giving it adequate coverage. She said they hope coverage will improve after the workshop.