The University of Botswana (UB) team that participated in the recently ended 9th All Africa University Games held in Makelle, Ethiopia has been hailed for putting on a genuine performance and coming back home with six medals, something which has been pointed as remarkable well done job by the athletes.
Speaking during the media briefing and team welcome ceremony this week, the Director of Sport, Culture and Recreation who was also the head of delegation team to the games, Raj Rathedi noted that the team s performance has shown that the country has the potential to compete against the best in the continent and the world at large.
He hinted that the number 9 position that UB team got out of total 47 countries is a clear sign that the university though the Sport unit is doing well in keen commitment to athlete development for the national teams. We are proud of the team performance against all odds these athletes managed to compete and not just to add numbers, we came back home with 6 medals and its remarkable achievement," he charged.
Rathedi continued to say that the UB athletes are continuing to prosper as they are selected into different national teams citing that two athletes in Edwin Selelo and Tirelo Lekoko has been selected into the Judo national team that will compete in Hungary sometime this year. Moreover, he also revealed that one of the UB athlete and student Aratwa Kesemang has been nominated for the Sport Woman of the year in the upcoming Botswana National Sport Commission (BNSC) with the UB based athletics Coach Justice Dipeba nominated for the coach of the year still under the BNSC awards.
The team garnered a total of 6 medals, 2 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze respectively on the chess, volleyball and athletics teams.
On new developments that the University Sport department wants to implement, Rathedi revealed that the University is intending to register the Volleyball club with Botswana Volleyball Federation as well establishing UB Sports Volunteers System which will enable students to participate in different sporting codes.
For her part, the Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor Student Affairs Motsei Rapelana said the team needs a pat on the back for a brilliant performance. She also contended that the athletes should take sport serious as it is something that they can earn a career out of as well outside the classroom.