Sports lead­ers hope for new start

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

Sports lead­ers are hop­ing the in­com­ing­com­ing gov­ern­ment will chan­nel more re­sourcesces into sport in or­der to im­prove stan­dards and en­sure ath­letes earn a living through theirir God­given tal­ent.

Ba­sotho on Satur­day held an elec­tio­n­ion two years ahead of sched­ule fol­low­ing the col­lapse of the Le­sotho Congress for De- mocracy, All Ba­sotho Con­ven­tion andd Ba­sotho Na­tional party coali­tion gov­vern­ment which came to power in Junee 2012.

A new gov­ern­ment is ex­pected to bee an­nounced this week, and sports lead­ers who spoke to the Le­sotho Times on n tues­day said they hoped more funds would be poured into the var­i­ous sport­ing codes to en­able them to im­ple­ment their devel­op­ment pro­grammes.

Le­sotho Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion gen­eral sec­re­tary, Mokhosi Mo­hapi, said: “We all know that sport plays a big part in cre­at­ing a happy en­vi­ron­ment so it would be re­ally nice to see it be­ing taken se­ri­ously. And one way of do­ing this is to chan­nel more funds into the var­i­ous sport­ing codes to im­prove stan­dards.

“Gov­ern­ment should al­ways in­vest in its peo­ple and also sup­port them in their as­pi­ra­tions. For years, stake­hold­ers have been call­ing for more sup­port for sport and I hope things will im­prove un­der the new gov­ern­ment.” le­sotho Am­a­teur Ath­let­ics As­so­ci­a­tion Public Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer, Se­jana­mane Maphathe, also spoke about the need for more fund­ing for sport un­der the new ad­min­is­tra­tion. “sport has suf­fered a lot over the last two years due to lack of fi­nan­cial sup­port from the Sports Com­mis­sion and Min­istry of Sports.

“We used to re­ceive an an­nual sub­ven­tion of M200 000 from the Sports Com­mis­sion which fi­nanced most of our ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing spon­sor­ing our ath­letes’ par­tic­i­pa­tion in in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions.

“How­ever, the fund­ing has not been com- in­gin for the past two years, which has hurt our pro­grammes so much, and our pres­ence at th­ese in­ter­na­tional tour­na­ments.

“I hope the sit­u­a­tion will im­prove when th the new gov­ern­ment takes over. We would wa want to see the lead­er­ship pri­ori­tis­ing the im­prove­ment of sport in this coun­try. only th through sound devel­op­ment pro­grammes can we pro­duce ath­letes ca­pa­ble of com­pet­ing at th the high­est level. “At the mo­ment, things are very tough due to lack of funds and fa­cil­i­ties an and this is ham­per­ing the progress of ath­let­ics big time.” on his part, Le­sotho Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion ( LBA) vice-pres­i­dent, Fran­cis Ko Koma, said he hoped the new gov­ern­ment wo would im­prove sports fa­cil­i­ties.

“We have a very se­ri­ous chal­lenge when it comes to fa­cil­i­ties, so I would sug­gest that th this be a pri­or­ity for the new gov­ern­ment. ou our play­ers can de­velop bet­ter through qual­ity fa­cil­i­ties, and hope­fully, this will be top of the agenda for the in­com­ing gov­ern­ment, through the sports min­istry, of-course,” Koma said.

“Again, it is our wish to take bas­ket­ball to other dis­tricts of the coun­try and not just con­fine it to Maseru. But for that to hap­pen, we need the nec­es­sary equip­ment and fa­cil­i­ties to train our young­sters who are the fu­ture of the sport,” he said.

LEFA gen­eral Sec­re­tary Mokhosi

Mo­hapi LAAA spokesper­son Se

jana­mane Maphathe

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