Letlhakane Celebrates National Olympic Day (allAfrica.com)

| September 1, 2015

The goal of the Olympic movement is to contribute to building a peaceful and better world by engaging humanity through sport, without discrimination of any kind.

The permanent secretary in the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture, Kgopotso Ramoroka said during the national Olympic day celebrations in Letlhakane recently. Ramoroka said Olympic day celebrations were aimed at promoting participation in sport across the world regardless of age, gender, cultural, social background or athletic ability and encouraged people to live the Olympic values.

Olympism, he said, was a philosophy of life, which encouraged a balance for the body, will and mind.

He stated that the three pillars that underpinned the Olympic day were ‘move, learn and discover.’ Ramoroka said the move pillar, encouraged physical activity for both the young and old regardless of physical ability, adding that people across the globe were challenged to take part in some form of exercise for their personal and spiritual well-being.

“The learn pillar is a great opportunity to know the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect.”

Botswana National Olympic Committee (BNOC), as a member of the Olympic family, he said, was at the forefront of the said values.

Ramoroka stated that pursuing excellence could help young people to make well informed and healthy choices to strive to be the best they could be in what they do, on the field of play or in their professional life.

He said Olympic Games inspired humanity to overcome political, economic, gender, racial or religious differences and forged friendships in spite of those differences.

An example, he said was Nijel Amos, the 2012 Olympic silver medalist and Isaac Makwala, the 400 metres runner.

“While the two fly the Botswana flag, they are admired globally and have made friends of all races and different backgrounds,” he said. Sport and culture, he said could not be separated.

He noted that culture was a measure for the quality of life; therefore in celebration of the day, traditional games should be infused and be imparted to the youth. Ramoroka stated that physical activity reduced the risks of diseases such as stroke, diabetes, obesity, mental health and communicable diseases among others.

“The benefits of an improved active lifestyle, he said, were improved productivity, improved physical and mental health as well as improved life expectancy.”

The vice president of BNOC, Letsholo Letsholo said Olympic day was an opportunity to remind people that sport was not just for watching. Letsholo urged participants of Olympic day to keep the spirit of Olympism alive.

The day was graced by a variety of different sport codes among them a 10 kilometre race, and a 10 kilometre cycling race which was won by Onkabetse Pulenyane of Orapa Cycling club and seconded by Super Mokgoro of Karowe Cycling club while the third position was grabbed by Segaise Motshegi of Orapa Cycling Club.

Source : BOPA

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