Gaborone — Assistant Minister of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development, Kefentse Mzwinila says the fifth edition of the Botswana Games were special because they were empowering, enlightening and interesting.
Speaking at the closing ceremony on Friday, Mzwinila said since the inception of the games in 2007 they were used as a trial-run for the Africa Union Sport Commission Region 5 Youth Games. "Botswana National Sports Commission (BNSC) as strategic partners have outdone themselves in organising the games and positioning our country for more challenging assignments," he said.
Furthermore, Mzwinila also noted that the games had helped spectators to witness excellence by athletes, and an impressive level of officiating. He added that what was outstanding during the games was the logistical preparations of districts. He noted that for an athlete to compete at the games, it took a great deal of planning and preparation.
The assistant minister said it had been a remarkable year for the country in sporting terms, noting that the country had successfully hosted the Netball World Youth Cup and World Basketball/Softball congress. He said it was a testimony that the country was ready to host high profile events, adding that the rational for hosting the games was multifaceted.
He added that one of the key reasons for organising the games was to give exposure to athletes.
Another reason, he said, was to enable those who had the opportunity to compete against tougher opponents than those in their own districts.
"During the five days we have seen exceptional performances from our athletes," said Mzwinila.
BNOC acting president, Tshepo Sitale said they were proud of the host city for going out of their way to ensure that all the visitors and competitors were comfortable and happy to deliver their tasks.
"You will agree with me that when we met here last Sunday to set in motion the delivery of the games, we were all anxious that all will go according to plan.
I am happy to say that as the leadership of sport we have observed activities of the past six days with keen interest. We are happy with the outcome," he said. BOPA
Source : BOPA