A top government official has called for more sponsorship for people living with disabilities in sport.
Thomas Motingwa has urged government and the private sector to take people with disabilities seriously as far as sports sponsorship is concerned.
He said that though efforts have been made to take care of the needs of the people with disabilities, it is not enough. Motingwa is the coordinator of people with disabilities in the Office of President (OP).
He was speaking at the inaugural deaf children games in Gaborone. Competitors from Botswana and South Africa participated in chess, netball, football and volleyball in the games. The games were meant to foster relationships between the two countries.
South Africa proved its supremacy winning 16-12 in netball, 4-3 in chess, 4-3 in football and 2-1 in volleyball boys. Botswana girls won 2-0 in volleyball.
Motingwa said the games are a proof that there is indeed ability in
He explained that just like South Africa, Botswana has made strides in taking care of the people with disabilities and trying to improve their quality of life despite the challenges. "We are also gathered here to emphasise the importance of sports.
"Sport unites nations, empowers individuals and improves one's health," he said. He added that the games are a platform to prepare young sportspeople for bigger competitions in future.
He expressed hope that deaf children will make Botswana proud in future international competitions just like Commonwealth 400m record holder Amantle Montsho. With funds permitting, the games will be held every year alternating between the two countries.