Botswana’s legendary and former middle-distance athlete, Mr Raj Reuben Rathedi, on October 15, 2021 met with President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi and First Lady Mrs Neo Masisi over lunch to reminisce about the past and future. Mr Rathedi is currently the University of Botswana Director of Sports, Culture and Recreation.
Below he shares his experience:
It was such an honour to meet with the President for lunch this past Friday. I was at the same time humbled to have exchanged pleasantries with the First Lady. What made it a more exciting occasion, was the fact that it happened at the State House and that I was accompanied by Botswana’s only Olympic Silver Medallist and world class track athlete, Nijel Amos.
It was a very a relaxed lunch meeting with the First Family where both Amos and I were made to feel so much at home. What made it even more relaxing was when the President remarked in front of the media that both him and myself were mates at the University of Botswana where he used to cheer me on during the BOLESWA Intercampus/varsity Games. I became emotional when he suddenly called me by my original nickname, RHOO!!!