Botswana: Sport Brings Hope, Optimism

Mahalapye — Sport has the power to bring hope and optimism even during the time when the entire world is facing similar struggles and fierce due to the COVID-19 pandemic, says Botswana National Olympic Committee (BNOC) board member, Tebo Segaise.

Delivering the speech of International Olympic Committee president at Parwe Junior Secondary School International Olympic Day 2021 celebrations on Saturday, Segaise said the power of sport at bringing communities together had greater significance.

She also applauded the staff at Parwe Junior Secondary School for promoting the spirit of Olympism within the school.

"Solidarity, hope and optimism is what the power of sport is all about. We need more solidarity within and among societies. Let us stand together to celebrate the Olympic spirit and the joy of sport," she said.

She further applauded the school's Design and Technology pupils for designing gold medals, using recycled materials, which were awarded to all participants.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Segaise, who is also Olympic Value Education Plan (OVEP) chairperson, said it was important for people to exercise and eat healthy to stay fit at all times.

In his welcome remarks, Parwe JSS head, Bashi Garebaitse said the school began its partnership with BNOC in 2018 through the OVEP programme.

The OVEP programme, Garebaitse explained was a good programme that helped to instil discipline, empower and groom pupils into responsible leaders using the Olympic values.

The school OVEP club president, Carol Nkane said sport was not only limited to the playing field, but was also about instilling good values and principles.

"So, we should embrace our OVEP values and principles and apply them even in our studies," she encouraged her fellow club members.

Former school OVEP club vice president, Tumelo Molosiwa also encouraged the current Parwe OVEP club members to take the core values of the Olympic movement, being; friendship, excellence and respect seriously.

Those values, Tumelo who scored 48 points during his BGCSE at Madiba Senior School and now admitted at University of Botswana to study medicine, said they helped him to remain committed and focused in his studies.

The day began with a 10km walk from Parwe JSS to Bonwapitse road, followed by the awarding of medals and certificates to all participants.

<i>Source : BOPA</i>

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