The Minister of Sport, Youth Empowerment and Culture Development (MYSC), Tumiso Rakgare described Hall of fame inductees as people who served sport with humility.
Rakgare shared the sentiments recently during the 8th induction ceremony of the Botswana Sport Hall of Fame. The 2021 inductees are Lephimotswe Boyce Sebetela, Kgololesego Freedom Diraditsile, Glody Dube and Letsholo Letsholo.
“These Batswana did so with humility, devotion with very little resources to their disposal, toiled to profile Botswana and guarantee her future success,” Rakgare observed. The minister labeled the inductees as phenomenal Batswana, trailblazers who worked selflessly to either bring glory to the country or put Botswana sport in a path towards future success.
To him the lady and the three gentlemen who were inducted have played a big part in the development of sport in Botswana. He said the Hall of Fame is to preserve and maintain the rich history and culture associated with Botswana sport. The minister also explained that they are the forebears of the current day athletes, coaches, administrators and other contributors.
“This is so because unlike Sport Awards for example, which make use of very recent and current performances, the Hall of Fame concept is generally based on historical performances, service and/or achievements; usually over sustained periods of time,” Rakgare said.
For his part the BNSC chairperson, Marumo Morule said the inductees brought glory to the nation, through their conquest in sport. “It is their trailblazing heroics that perhaps Botswana sport is on the path it is today, and as a result, they are our legends whose rich history we need to preserve, as part of our sport heritage,” Morule said.
He also said “we want to be expanding this concept to also include the establishment of a fully-fledged Botswana Museum, where not portraits will be kept, but memorabilia, equipment and clothing of those that have left an indelible mark in our history”.