GABORONE, Nov. 20 (Xinhua) -- Botswana Swimming Sports Association (BSSA) has received support from a local financial services company, Stanbic Bank Botswana, towards hosting the Confederation Africaine de Natation (CANA) annual swimming competition.
Stanbic Bank Botswana on Wednesday unveiled a 250,000.00 Pula (23,000 U.S. dollars) sponsorship towards the 2020 CANA Zone IV Swimming Championships scheduled for Feb. 20 to 23, 2020 in the capital Gaborone.
CANA Zone IV Swimming Championships is an initiative aimed at bringing Southern African countries together to give young swimmers a platform to compete and grow their talents.
"Supporting the BSSA once again is our way of encouraging more youth to look to sports as a possible career path which inadvertently will help in curbing youth unemployment and positioning Botswana as a worthy competitor on an international scale," said Shepherd Aisam, Stanbic Bank Botswana Head of Corporate Investment Banking.
Aisam said Stanbic sponsorship strategy is aligned with the support of the sports industry.
"We are confident that team Botswana will make us all proud at next year's CANA Zone IV Swimming Championships games and we wish them the best of luck," said Aisam.
He said education and sport are resources of hope and part of the fabric of Botswana life, as they can fulfill the aspirations of many.
Over the years, CANA Zone IV Swimming Championships has grown, now hosts 14 countries with up to 400 swimmers competing from around the African continent.
Botswana has participated in this event numerous times, improving their standings each year, earning fourth-place in 2018.