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Sept. 13, 2021

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Khotlele lauded for great showing at Paralympics

Khotlele lauded for great showing at Paralympics

Minister of Gender and Youth, Sports and Recreation, Likeleli Tampane

Story highlights

  • Minister says people with disabilities should be cherished
  • Encourages development of sports in general

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MINISTER of Gender and Youth, Sports and Recreation, Likeleli Tampane has applauded Litšitso Khotlele for well representing the country at the recently ended Tokyo 2020 Paralympics Games.

Speaking at her welcome ceremony on Monday, the minister said Khotlele put the country on the map, despite the challenges she encountered.

She said people living with disabilities form an integral part of the society and should always be cherished.

Such people, Tampane said also need to work hard in order to improve sports for the development of the country in general.

She said there is need for involvement of more Basotho in sports so that more athletes could participate in international games.
“Sports are vital because through them individuals can overcome poverty,” Tampane also said.
She also revealed that the ministry will present M20 000 to Khotlele as a token of appreciation.
Speaking on behalf of the Minister of Social Development, Keketso Sello also congratulated Khotlele, for a job well done.

He said sports bring solidarity among nations, create employment, build resilience and confidence, as well as promote good health among all people.

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For her part, Khotlele thanked everyone who contributed towards her success, promising to do better in future.

She said there is need for more people to engage in sports in order to represent Lesotho in great numbers in the next games.
President of the National Paralympics Committee Association of Lesotho, Limpho Rakoto said sports are a weapon that can change people’s lives, agreeing that they boost people’s confidence.

She said during her brief stay in Tokyo, she among others managed to forge good relations with people from countries like Korea and Germany, who intend to contribute towards the development of sports in Lesotho.
The next Paralympics Games will be held in France in 2024. LeNA

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