The first president of Botswana, Sir Seretse Khama has been inducted into the Botswana Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2016. Khama was posthumously inducted together with Labbeau Ditiro Peloewetse of softball and Tsoseletso ĎTsosií Magang of volleyball and athletics.
Khama was a passionate sportsman who played football. He was a goalkeeper at the then Serowe-based, Motherwell, together with his regiment, they founded a club named Malekantwa later to be called Miscellaneous. One of the remarkable initiatives was the construction of the National Stadium, which he officially opened in 1966.
Another inductee, Peloewetse is a softball legend who played for Vikings and the national team during his days. He was part of the national team that travelled to the United States for the first appearance at the World Softball Championships in 1984. He is a four-time Zone VI gold medal winning pitcher in 1981, 1982, 1984 and 1985. Peloewetse retired from softball in 1993.
The only woman inductee, Magang represented national teams in athletics and volleyball for over 15 years.
Her major competitions in long jump include 1994 Commonwealth Games held in Canada, 1998 Commonwealth Games held in Malaysia and the 1991 All Africa Games in Egypt. She has also competed in the World Junior Championships in Canada for athletics
As a volleyball player, Magang has represented the country at the African Cup of Cups, the African Women’s Cup of Nations and the Zone VI competitions. Magang attained many awards during her volleyball playing days including best blocker (1993 Women’s Africa Cup of Cups), best blocker, best attacker and most valuable player (1993 Zone VI).
Speaking at the induction ceremony held at Cresta Lodge on Tuesday night, the Minister of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development, Thapelo Olopeng said the Hall of Fame is one of the ways through which his Ministry continues to recognise those who contribute selflessly to the development of sport in the country.
“These men and women went beyond their call of duty and made selfless sacrifices towards the development and promotion of sport in the country. So far, a total of 13 sport heroes and heroines have been inducted in the past editions,” he said.
Olopeng said as a country, Botswana has made significant strides in sport.