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Mabote set for Paralympics

SHARE   |   Tuesday, 30 August 2016   |   By Ontametse Sugar
Mabote ready for Rio Mabote ready for Rio

Keatlaretse Mabote is Botswana’s only representative at this year’s Summer Paralympics set for September 7-18 in Rio, Brazil. Botswana National Olympic Committee President Negros Kgosietsile pleaded with Batswana to rally behind Mabote.  The athlete will be coached by Raj Rathedi. “My hope is for you to support Mabote and Rathedi as they head for the Paralympics. We should show them that we are a united and proud nation, and at the same time we should be compassionate,” he said.  He said he counts on Batswana to rally behind the duo to make sure that they do well. Mabote is visually impaired and will represent Botswana in the 200m and 400m races.  He qualified for the Paralympics at this year’s Tunis International Para Athletics where he brought home medals for both races after passing the classification test that allows him to compete. “I want to be the first Motswana to bring the medal to this country and I have worked so hard for this,” he said.  He said despite going through a difficult time of losing a brother who was a mentor to him recently, he is very positive that he is going to Rio to win.