Gaborone International Meet
Commonwealth Point of Light 206. Glody Dube
Glody Dube, representing Botswana, aged 43, is a retired Olympic middle distance runner and founder of the ‘Gaborone International Meet’, the country's largest international athletics competition.
Glody spent many years organising the first meet in 2018, funded through public and private donations, to ensure the ‘World Athletics’ requirements of high prize money, improved running track, and adequate space for spectators and press were met. The event has been extremely successful, showcasing Botswana as a location to hold international sporting events and encouraging younger generations to get involved in sport.
Glody was presented with his award by British High Commissioner to Botswana, Sian Price, as part of the Queen’s Baton Relay ahead of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games in 2022 (pictured below).
Sian Price, British High Commissioner to Botswana, said:
“Glody Dube is a sporting legend. His outstanding professional career captivated the nation and inspired future generations of young athletes in Botswana. His sporting excellence and impeccable discipline record have earned him much recognition, here in Botswana and further afield. But this Commonwealth Points of Light Award recognises the continued contribution he has made to the world of sport since his retirement, in the direct support he provides to up and coming athletes and the hard work and dedication he has shown in founding and organising the ‘Gaborone International Meet’ – which provides an excellent platform for young athletes here in Botswana and from across the wider region.”
“It is such an honour to receive this prestigious award. As a simple Motswana man I was overwhelmed to learn that my efforts have been recognised at such a high-level was surprised, delighted and overjoyed by it. Truly it has not fully sunk in….it is like a dream. I am humbled, so grateful. Once again, a very big thank you for those who supported me.”