Ath­let­ics team can­cels Ethiopia trip

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

Le­sotho’s ath­let­ics team failed to travel to ad­dis ababa, ethiopia, for this week­end’s african Ju­nior Cham­pi­onship due to lack of funds.

the con­ti­nen­tal com­pe­ti­tion gets un­der­way to­mor­row and ends on Sun­day.

ac­cord­ing to the Le­sotho am­a­teur ath­let­ics as­so­ci­a­tion (Laaa) Public Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer, Se­janame Maphathe, lack of fund­ing has since af­fected many of the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s pro­grammes.

Maphathe on tues­day said the Laaa had not re­ceived its M200 000 an­nual sub­ven­tion from the Sports Com­mis­sion for the past two years, thereby com­pound­ing its fund­ing woes.

“un­for­tu­nately, our ju­nior team has failed to at­tend the con­ti­nen­tal cham­pi­onship in ethiopia due to lack of funds as we have not been get­ting money from the Sports Com­mis­sion as ex­pected,” Maphathe said.

“We are re­ally stuck and the lack of funds is af­fect­ing our ath­letes who should be tak­ing part in dif­fer­ent com­pe­ti­tions in or­der to qual­ify for the all-africa Games and World Cham­pi­onship to be held later this year.”

Maphathe said the Laaa had still not de­cided if Le­sotho would be rep­re­sented at next month’s african cross­coun­try cham­pi­onship set for Malawi, again due to lack of funds.

“We are still con­fi­dent that our team will be able to par­tic­i­pate in the cross­coun­try cham­pi­onship to be held in Malawi next month,” said Maphathe.

“this is­sue of fund­ing is ham­per­ing ath­let­ics devel­op­ment in this coun­try and hope­fully, the is­sue is go­ing to be re­solved soon so that we can con­tinue with our ac­tiv­i­ties.

“We have a num­ber of com­pe­ti­tions lined-up but with­out fund­ing, we can­not go to any of them. and if we don’t com­pete in such big tour­na­ments, our ath­letes will never im­prove, hence our ap­peal for fund­ing from the rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties.

“I can tell you that we are fac­ing a lot of chal­lenges and even tak­ing (top Mau­ri­tius-based sprinter) Mos­ito Le­hata to cer­tain com­pe­ti­tions has be­come a prob­lem as his schol­ar­ship has con­di­tions; it can­not take care of all his com­pe­ti­tion needs. the Laaa is sup­posed to play a lead­ing role in cater­ing for th­ese ath­letes as their rep­re­sen­ta­tive body, but can­not be­cause we sim­ply don’t have the money,” Maphathe said.

Le­hata and Ler­ato Sechele are the only lo­cal ath­letes who are guar­an­teed places at the World Cham­pi­onship to be held in China in au­gust.

on a pos­i­tive note, Maphathe said tšepo Ra­monene came sec­ond in the 2015 Dur­ban Marathon held last Sun­day.

Ra­monene pock­eted M50 000 for his ef­fort and Maphathe be­lieves the win is go­ing to boost the ath­lete’s con­fi­dence as he bat­tles to qual­ify for the 2015 all-africa Games.

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