Ntlo ya Dikgosi on Monday joined the local institutions that are pouring tributes on the atheletes who successfully took part in the just-ended New Dehli Commonwealth Games.
For the first in history, Botswana’s athletes made international headlines as they won an array of medals, including gold in the 400m final race clinched by Amantle Montsho, who convincingly beat her competitors to set a new Games record. Her victory sparked euphoria and ecstasy amongst fellow countrymen.
Speaking at start of the spring session following a recess, Ntlo Ya Dikgosi chairperson Puso Gaborone heaped praised on the athletes who hoisted Botswana’s flag, urging them to keep the momentum which has eluded the country for a long time.
“While we are pleased to welcome a new member into this August House and began business as usual we should applaud our brothers and sisters that shone the lights of our country at the just ended common wealth Games,” noted Gaborone.
Alongside Tirafalo Seoko, Oteng Oteng and Kabelo Kgosiemang who won bronze in boxing and high jump respectively, Botswana’s team under the mentorship of Tuelo Serufho scooped four medals to send local institutions and the public agog.
Montsho set a new record for the games with a time of 50.10 seconds, beating the previous record of 50.17 seconds set by Jamaica’s Alexandra Anjela Richards 12 years ago in Kuala Lumpur. The world record is 47.60 seconds.
Trailing 1.29 seconds behind Montsho was Nigerian, Abugan Folashade, followed by Pompey Aliann Tabitha of Guyana in third place.
Montsho might have entered lane six of the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium track in the Indian capital New Delhi well aware that the hopes of the nation for a first gold medal lay solely on her shoulders as she is by far the best athlete the country has ever produced.