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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Tshotlego Morama

Tshotlego Morama is one of the most celebrated athletes we have ever had. Although his career was a short lived one he is still engraved in the hearts of sports lovers in the country.

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1.Β Tshotlego Morama was born in Lethakane in 1987.

2. Morama whoΒ has no right palm (not arm), became the darling of the nation as she beat the odds to become a celebrated athlete.

3.Β Representing Botswana at the 2004 Summer Paralympics in Athens, she won gold in the women’s 400m sprint in the T46 disability category, setting a new world record in the process, with a time of 55.99.

4. She remains the first athlete ever to have represented Botswana at the Paralympics, and is the only one who came with a medal.

5. From a high flier as an Olympic paralympian of note, Morama’s career went down in a national furore of controversy, after allegations in 2007 that β€˜she’ fathered a child.

6. The then BNSC chairperson Dorcas Makgato Malesu and the Gazette Editor, Batlhalefi Leagajang engaged in bitter exchanges yesterday at a press conference called to end the dispute over Morama’s Β gender.

7. Last February the High Court ruled that he could officially transition into a man, putting to rest a lifelong struggle with his gender expression.

8. Tshotlego Morama is now officially a man going by the name Paul Morama.

9. Paul is now well settled into his identity as a man and while he has ruled out a return to active competition, he plans to contribute to sports development by establishing a sports academy

10. He is now an employee at Botswana National Sports Council,administrating what he love most, which is sport.

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