IDM Botswana dominated the IDM inter-campus games which came to an end on Thursday. The Botswana campus became overall winners of the competition with four gold medals and one silver medal. The inter-campus games saw IDM Botswana, IDM Lesotho and IDM Swaziland campuses battling it out in four different sporting codes - Volleyball, Football, Netball and Basketball. This is the second time that the games have been held. Botswana IDM campus tormented their counterparts in all codes taking all gold medals except in basketball where Swaziland emerged victorious. Swaziland beat Botswana 21-27 in basketball. In football Botswana thrashed Swaziland 4-0 while in volleyball Botswana men beat Swaziland by 3-1 and local volleyball women team outclassed Lesotho 3-0 for a gold medal.
IDM Botswana Country Manager Dr Onalenna Kgokgwe - who could not hide her excitement - said as IDM leadership they will continue supporting the games as they have numerous benefits. Kgokgwe said the games cement the tripartite legacy between the three countries of Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland. On the other hand, she said sport contributes tremendously to the bio-psychosocial wellbeing of individuals in this case students. “A sport person enjoys better health and optimal functioning of all the body systems. It also promotes more social integration, team work, perseverance and collective responsibility,” said Kgokgwe. She said sport can help even help students to be better performer academically. Kgokgwe said the games have shown that there is a lot of talent at IDM.
Speaking at the awards ceremony Director of Botswana Special Olympics Committee Ross Tebele applauded IDM management for supporting sport development not only in Botswana but regionally. Tebele said events like this promote inter regional sport development and cultural exchange. He urged the institution to consider including more sporting codes to the inter-campus games in future. “This is a notable beginning but if we are to broaden our countries’ reach for success internationally, we ought to increase the number of sporting codes to include more indoor games and athletics,” said Tebele.