Debswana Sponsors Olympic Team

| July 22, 2015

Debswana has sponsored the special Olympic team with P771 000.

A team of 40 athletes has left for Los Angeles in the US to take part in the special Olympics games expected to commence on July 23 until August 3.

The team would present four sports codes; athletics, football,, volleyball and Swimming.

When presenting the cheque to the team during a send-off ceremony in Gaborone, Debswana head of internal audit, Tshegofatsho Modise, said Debswana’s aim was to make dreams a lasting reality.

“I will like to pay tribute to special Olympic Botswana, for their sterling performances when representing Botswana at the world games” she said.

She said since the team had been competing in the games, they always brought home some silverware.

“I am reliably informed that from all competitions they have competed in, they brought medals. In 2011, they brought home six gold medals” she said.

Modise said the team was only afforded a small quota therefore managing to bring along only about 14 athletes,.

“The quota is determined by affordability and on special Olympic Botswana programme, which is to progress well in all schools of sports including administration as per the Special Olympics in Africa and international” she said. Therefore, she said Debswana saw the need to sponsor the Botswana special team with the amount, affording the team a bigger quota.

For his part, the Assistant Minister of Presies” she said.

She said since the team had been competing in the games, they always brought home some silverware.

“I am reliably informed that from all competitions they have competed in, they brought medals. In 2011, they brought home six gold medals” she said.

Modise said the team was only afforded a small quota therefore ma

dential Affairs and Public Administration, Dikgang Makgalemele, commended the parents for seeing it important to let their children take part in the games, despite the fact that they were just about to write their examinations.

“The benefits that parents derive from undertakings like this are many and not necessarily tangible. But are far more enriching than any monetary value” he said.

Makgalemele underscored the importance of constant performance on such games.

“I understand that one of our very own Brightfield Shadi, a silver medallist in 200 meters at the 2011 in Greece.

He is the same athlete who went on to become the International Global Messenger for Africa from 2015 to 2019″ he said.

He siad this was a position where he would represent African athletes at all levels of governance.

Shadi will at World Summer Games, speak to nine presidents and top officials at the United Nations. “He takes over from Theo Tebele, who was the global messenger for the period 2000 to 2002 after he competed at the 1995 World Games.

He had also won a gold medal in Equestrian (Horse riding)” he said.

The minister said it shows that the objective of developing a system of athlete development, will feed into the various levels as a necessity and the games will work as a test for its effectiveness.

“Seize this opportunity to make this country proud through your behaviour for the rest of your stay in USA” he said. However, he said he was told of the team’s sterling previous performances and have since 2011 been gradually improving.

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