Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Deaf athletes fly high in Durban

Botswana deaf athletes put up an extra ordinary performance at the National Soccer and Netball deaf Championships. The games which were held over the weekend at Durban, South Africa helped showcase Botswana’s rich array of talent.

During the games, Botswana emerged winners in the football category while South Africa proved superior in netball.

After playing to a 1 ÔÇô 1 draw with South Africa in football, Botswana eclipsed South Africa 4 ÔÇô 1 in the penalty shootout to claim what was a hard fought but crucial victory.

However, Botswana ladies netball team lost against South Africa scoring only 24 to 32 goals, hence making their rivals the winners.

The team was sponsored by a local Telecommunication company, Mascom Wireless. The sponsorship package included supporting the participation with team’s kits, transportation and refreshments for the teams. The sponsorship is worth P 50 000.00.

Speaking in an interview with The Telegraph, Barbara Gotlop said it is their effort to promote sports and increase awareness about the inclusion of people living with disabilities in different sporting activities.

It was the second time Mascom made such a contribution to deaf community in Botswana. “Mascom sponsored the Netball team last year for their first attendance of the same games by handing over a P50 000.00 sponsorship towards the attendance of the team, where they won the first edition of the international friendly games.  This year we did it again for them,” she added.

“Our view on sport is that, it is through sport that we not only engage with our stakeholders, but also give back to Batswana and contribute towards improving the lives of ordinary people. Sport as we all know, is universally compelling, it has the ability to cut through cultural barriers that may divide people but create overnight heroes,” she added.

She said “Mascom will continue to support initiatives that are in line with company’s corporate social responsibility strategy. “

Moreover, she further encouraged all those with the ability to support causes like these to render support where it’s needed.

Botswana Deaf Sports Federation (BDSF) was formed in 2011 mainly to contribute to the pride of Deaf Sports and to unite Deaf people from diverse cultures in Botswana.

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