Rake in 14 medals
Botswana team from the just-ended Africa Youth Games in Algeria finished in the top 16 with 14 medals.
Botswana National Olympic Committee (BNOC) President Colonel Botsang Tsheneyego has saluted all athletes that took part in the games, hailing them as great ambassadors.
This is the same competition that Botswana hosted four years ago. Tshenyego said it was evident that they indeed made a great impression when they hosted in 2014 because four years later Botswana is receiving accolades for that.
He implored upon the young athletes to should take inspiration from many talented athletes who started doing their sport quite very young but only had a breakthrough when older.
Tshenyego congratulated one of the athletes who got the most outstanding performance ever in the history of major games for Team Botswana. James Freeman won Botswana’s first gold, silver and bronze in swimming, making him the first Motswana to achieve this feat.
The team Chef de Mission Wedu Motswetla said they had an incredible journey at the games and can’t complain because they learnt a lot from those games.
“We didn’t feel like visitors because we felt at home looking at how they treated us, and that is why we got the best performance,” she said.
She emphasized that many youngsters that went there did enjoy the competition, getting medals from ladies who do boxing and weightlifting.
Assistant Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry Moiseraele Goya appreciated the team leadership, paying tribute to ladies that have of recent been leading Botswana teams. Another lady Tebo Segaise recently headed the Commonwealth Games Team to Gold Coast, Austraila.
“We know it is not easy to manage a large number of adolescents especially in a foreign country and for that we are appreciative for the work well done because we did not receive any bad reports and that humbles us,” he said.