LAAA braces for a busy year

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

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.

Mos­ito Le­hata

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