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Rakgare lauds sport persons

Minister of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development, Tumiso Rakgare has commended Botswana Sport Hall of Fame Class of 2020 recipients for serving sport diligently.

Speaking at the seventh edition of Botswana Sport Hall of Fame induction ceremony recently, Rakgare said Eva Mwila, Gaelebale Kgosiemang, Kitso Kemoen and Phineas Maweni had been an embodiment of many of values and had led by example throughout the years.

He said a lot of people had drawn a lot of inspiration from their resilience, great acts of kindness and sheer love for sport.

“Congratulations on achieving this great feat and welcome to the elite club of Botswana sport. You have given our athletes the opportunity to reach for greatness and yet others the chance to become better persons than they could have turned out to be,” he said.

Furthermore, Rakgare said the country’s sport system had for the longest time been anchored in genuine passion and selflessness of many of those in it.

“The men and women who have on countless occasions gone beyond the call of duty to give others a chance and or push their own limits,” he said.

Rakgare was also happy that sport people managed to gather, honour and immortalise their great deeds and record their acts of heroism, both celebration of them as well as to inspire others, despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, Mawila, a former athlete and netball player, had been involved in sports since 1967 when she became the national champion for 100 metres, 200 metres and 4x 400 metres.

Some of her achievements include, amongst others, representing the country at the Youth Conference of UN as youth representative in 1970.

She was Botswana Netball Association (BONA) president in 2002-2004 and in 2003, she represented BONA at the World Netball Congress in Singapore.

Another recipient, Kgosiemang had been with Botswana Softball Association since its inception in the early 1970s working as a groundsman for the association.

He saw the formation of Botswana softball in 1977 under the leadership of Andrew Mokoto, the association’s first president.

On the other hand, Maweni was employed as a messenger by BNSC in 1980 and received an award for long service in 2017.

Kemoen is a former footballer, coach and an administrator and it was during his stay at the University of Botswana where he played for several teams of which some he served as a player coach.

Teams included, among others, Woodhall All Stars, Mokgosi Young Fighters, UB Kicks, Gabane Santos, Peleng Kicks and Nadia’s United.

He coached several local football clubs and the National under 20 until 2001.

In 1991, he was employed by the then Botswana National Sport Council (BNSC) as an administrative secretary and was later promoted to the position of public relations and administration officer in 1996.

In 1997, he became the sport development manager, a position he served for five years.

Between 2002 and 2003 he was BNSC acting executive secretary and was later, during the same appointed to the position until he resigned in 2012.

From 2013 to 2014 he served as chief operations officer for Botswana Africa Youth Games Organising Committee.

In 2015, he was hired as chief executive secretary of  Botswana Football Association until 2017. Ends

Source : BOPA

Author : Anastacia Sibanda

Location : Gaborone

Event : Induction ceremony

Date : Oct 25 Sun,2020

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