Athletes unite nation

| September 20, 2015

President Lt Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama yesterday (September 20) hosted a lunch for Botswana teams which participated in the just ended games in Samoa and Congo Brazzaville.

The island of Samoa hosted the Commonwealth Youth Games while Congo Brazzaville hosted the All Africa Games and Botswana performed well in the two competitions. The performance by the athletes in both games, the President said, was in line with the aspirations of Vision 2016 which, among other things, talks of a united and proud nation.

And sports, he said, has the potential to rally the nation to unity. “When our teams do well and are ranked top in the international arena that makes the nation proud and we get to be united as we take pride in the performance of the teams,” he said.

“When we see our top achievers in education performing amongst the best on the continent and in the world that too makes us very proud,” he said . President Khama said the athletes represented the country well and they had “earned” their stripes and they had been excellent sporting ambassadors for Botswana.

He said he talked to Minister of Youth Sport and Culture ,Thapelo Olopeng, on the need to be consistent with the colours the teams representing the nation should don while on international engagements being blue, white and black, giving blue the prominence.

President Khama also commended the senior national football team-the Zebras for opening the new Francistown Stadium on a high note by winning against one of Africa’s football power houses, Burkina Faso

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