LAAA braces for a busy year
THE Annual Cross Country Championship will kick-start a busy athletics calendar that includes the All Africa Games as well as the World Championship set for in Brazzaville, Congo and China respectively.lesotho Amateur Athletics Association (LAAA) Public Relations Officer, Sejanamane Maphathe, told the Lesotho Times this week the National Cross Country Championships will kick-start the busy line up of events in 2015.
“We are already communicating with our members to hold the cross country competitions at district level to select teams that will participate at the national Cross Country Championship to be held here in Maseru on 7 February,” Maphathe said.“it will be during the main event that we, as the association, will identify athletes to represent the country at the Southern Region Cross Country Championship set for Botswana in March.”
Maphathe further said they will prepare a team which will take part at this year’s All Africa Games set for Brazzaville in September, while the other athletes will be working on qualifying for the Africa Senior Championships as well as next year’s Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
“It is going to be a long year where most of our athletes will be participating in different competitions in a bid to qualify for such major competitions as the Olympic Games,” said Maphathe.“fortunately, two of our top athletes, Mosito Lehata and Lerato Sechele, have already qualified for World Championship in China. “So for them it’s about getting ready for the competition.”
According to Maphathe, both Lehata and Sechele are already at their training camps in Mauritius and Senegal respectively, adding that it would help them prepare for the tough competition that lies ahead.
On his part, Lehata, who has been nursing an injury since narrowly missing out on a medal during the 200 metre finals at the Commonwealth Games in Scotland last year, told the Lesotho Times he is optimistic of doing well at both the All Africa Games and the World Championships and put behind the disappointments of Glasgow.