All roads are leading to Eswatini for the 2019 Inter-Campus games of the Institute of Development Management (IDM). The annual event, which rotates around the three countries of Botswana, Lesotho and Eswatini is a key feature in IDM’s students’ calendar and gives them exposure to appreciate the regionality of their Institute. It attracts hundreds of students and well-wishers in the three nations.
According to Lovemore Rabothaako, IDM Botswana member of the Students Representative Council (SRC) and also Minister of Sports, the event creates an opportunity for them to engage in their deep sporting tradition and further promotes their different cultures.
“It is a moment where we come together as one IDM from our three countries and engage in a healthy and friendly competition that grows us spiritually, physically and emotionally. The games also give us the opportunity to create an institutional bond between Botswana, Lesotho and Eswatini as well as cultivate lasting friendships amongst us as students. We are indeed grateful to IDM leadership for affording us this opportunity for growth beyond our studies,” he said.
He said the event grows bigger each year, where more sporting codes are introduced for students to showcase their ability in various disciplines. He highlighted that over 200 students from Gaborone and Francistown campuses will be traveling to Eswatini next week to engage with their counterparts from Lesotho and Eswatini.
“IDM first started inter-campus games in Eswatini in 2016. In 2017, the games proceeded to Botswana where we continued to bond as a family under one brand. Last year we were in Lesotho where we saw a significant growth of this event. As we head to Eswatini again, we continue to embrace the usual sportsman spirit we always display at IDM,” reiterated Rabothaako.
The President of IDM SRC, Andrew Dihutso said students appreciate the efforts put in by Management in ensuring that the games happen each year as they also help them to grow beyond their individual countries. Dihutso pointed out that inter-campus games also help in strengthening the IDM brand in the regional front.
“We see our three governments also bonding more to affirm the trinity that was initiated by our founding fathers being Sir Seretse Khama of Botswana, King Sobuzha II of Eswatini and King Moshoeshoe I of Lesotho. Indeed their spirit continues to prevail in us. I have the conviction that at these games ‘it is not the will to win that matters, everyone has that, it is the will to prepare to win that matters’,” he said.