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High Commission in Botswana celebrates anniversary of London 2012

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British High Commission in Botswana and Brazil celebrate One Year Anniversary of the London 2012 Games & Kick-Off for the Rio 2016 Games.

On Wednesday 21 August, the British High Commission celebrated the first anniversary of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The High Commission organised a half day of charity work and sports together with the Leonard Cheshire Foundation in Mogoditshane. The aim of the event was to promote inclusive education for children with disabilities and sports for all, and to celebrate the legacy of the Paralympic Games.

At the event, the British High Commissioner, H.E. Nick Pyle, handed over an Olympic Baton to the Brazilian Ambassador, H.E. Marcio Araujo Lage, highlighting the legacy of the 2012 London Games, and looking forward to the next Games due to take place in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. The High Commissioner and invited guests erected a net shade for the play area at the Leonard Cheshire Foundation’s Centre. The guests also took part in a fun run and 100 metre relay with the disabled students. Mr Pyle planted a symbolic tree at the Centre to emphasise the importance of minimising environmental impact and sustainability in the planning of the Games.

H. E. Nick Pyle said: “The London 2012 Games promoted our values of inclusion, equality and diversity. We held the most accessible and inclusive Games ever with the planning and organisation of the Paralympic and Olympic Games being fully integrated from the beginning. We are enormously proud of the success of the Games, especially the enduring legacy that will continue to benefit communities and businesses for decades to come.”

The event was graced by the Botswana National Olympic Committee (BNOC), PASSOBO, the Special Olympics Committee, the Botswana Defence Force (BDF) and the British Council. The event was one of many around the world, taking place from 27 July – 9 September 2013, to celebrate the first anniversary of the London 2012 Games.