FS athletes in team for Games

2019-03-13 06:02
Free State athletes and technical officials who are in team South Africa for the Special Olympics Summer Games from Thursday (14/03) to Thursday, 21 March, in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates are from the left Moeti Sethunya (football coach), Kedibone Makhura (swimming athlete), Andile Mgo­duka (bocce athlete), Puleng Gababoele (table tennis), Thapelo Nxumalo (table tennis), Thabang Sebapala (400 m and 800 m athlete) and Kido Komako (table tennis coach).

Free State athletes and technical officials who are in team South Africa for the Special Olympics Summer Games from Thursday (14/03) to Thursday, 21 March, in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates are from the left Moeti Sethunya (football coach), Kedibone Makhura (swimming athlete), Andile Mgo­duka (bocce athlete), Puleng Gababoele (table tennis), Thapelo Nxumalo (table tennis), Thabang Sebapala (400 m and 800 m athlete) and Kido Komako (table tennis coach).

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The Free State will have representation at the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games taking place in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. The games is held from Thursday (14/03) to Thursday, 21 March.

The games will be the world’s largest humanitarian and sporting event of 2019.

The province will have representation in technical officials and compe­ting athletes. They are Moeti Sethunya (football coach), Kedibone Makhura (swimming athlete), Andile Mgoduka (bocce athlete), Thabang Sebapala (400 m and 800 m athlete) and Kido Komako (table tennis coach), as well as Puleng Gababoele and Thapelo Nxumalo (both table tennis).

The crew was included in Team South Africa on merit performance during the lead-up games. Officials and athletes are from two special schools, Pholoho in Bloemfontein and Leboneng in Welkom.

They will be part of the more than 7 000 athletes from 170 countries to compete in 24 summer sporting events, along with 2 500 coaches and 20 000 volunteers. This will be the first Special Olympics World Games in the Middle East/North Africa region.

The global game features more than a week of gruelling and inspi­ring competition among thousands of athletes. It officially opens tomorrow (14/03) with a star-studded opening ceremony at the Zayed Sports City Stadium. The Special Olympics World Games are meant to embrace unity, achievement and dignity.

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