Athletics' pin up poster boy, Letsile 'School Boy' Tebogo received special mention from President Mokgweetsi Masisi during the State of the Nation (SONA) delivered on Monday.
The President also had special praise for other stars like Ross Branch, Isaac Makwala, Amantle Montsho, Nijel Amos and Tumisang Orebonye but it was Tebogo who was given a standing ovation by the National Assembly. "Botswana has become a formidable participant in sport on the global stage. This is mainly due to the commitment of our fellow citizens who have proven to be among the best in the world. I am exceedingly proud of all the teams which participated at the 2023 World Athletics Championships, and remain immensely grateful to our global superstar in athletics, Letsile Tebogo, fondly known as, ‘School Boy’," Masisi said. "School Boy’ is Botswana’s sensation and currently holds the 200m African record; and is the first African to win a silver medal in 100m at the World Championships, and a 200m bronze medal at the 2023 World Athletics Championships. We are where the world’s best athletes are - medal podiums!" he added. Further, the President said sport can be key in the country's economic diversification.