Brilliant Blind Sports Reporter Continues to Inspire Awe and Inspiration

Brilliant Blind Sports Reporter Continues to Inspire Awe and Inspiration

Keba Mothoagae
  • Being blind is known to make life difficult for those who have the condition
  • In many instances, it closes many doors on their hopes and aspirations because of prejudice
  • Despite this, a Zimbabwean man has overcome all of these to become probably the only blind sports commentator on the planet

Being blind usually sees people with the condition being denied opportunities in society.

For Obert Sithole, he turned this disadvantage into an opportunity, becoming one of the only - if not the only - blind sports reporters on the planet.

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Obert Sithole continues to make history in his line of work. Image source: The Chronicle.
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According to The Chronicle, Sithole is regarded as one of Zimbabwe's most informed, knowledgable and respected sportscasters. He lost his eyesight in a mining blasting accident in 1992 when he was a footballer playing for Shabanie Mine Football Club. At the time, he was planning on becoming an electrician.

Explaining how he does his job despite the challenges, Sithole said:

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"My aide gets us the team sheets and all that, but I do most of the work because I can feel the atmosphere."

He is consulted during live play on air by the commentators, filling viewers in on statistics, having become something of an encyclopedia.

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