Games preps be­gin

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

Four­teen ath­letes set to rep­re­sent the coun­try at the 2015 Al­lAfrica Games sched­uled for Congo-braz­zav­ille in Septem­ber be­gin their prepa­ra­tions in Maseru next week.

Le­sotho Am­a­teur Ath­let­ics As­so­ci­a­tion public re­la­tions of­fi­cer, Se­jana­mane Maphathe, told the Le­sotho Times that the plan had been to start prepa­ra­tions ear­lier but this be­came im­pos­si­ble as some of the ath­letes were still at school.

“our All-africa Games ath­letes will go into camp next week. We had to post­pone the train­ing as most of them were busy with school com­mit­ments, but they are now avail­able due to the win­ter break,” Maphathe said.

“We have se­lected a team of 14 ath­letes that we feel can do us proud at the Games, in­clud­ing three ex­pe­ri­enced cam­paign­ers namely Mos­ito Le­hata, Li­neo Sechele and Tšepo Ra­monene.”

Maphathe said the trio are al­ready hard at work as they have to rep­re­sent the coun­try at the 2015 World Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onships to be held in Bei­jing, China.

Le­hata and Sechele are based in Mau­ri­tius and Sene­gal re­spec­tively, where they con­tinue to un­dergo spe- cial train­ing and Maphathe be­lieves the two, along­side marathoner Ra­monene, would be key to Team Le­sotho’s suc­cess. “these three have a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence when it comes to in­ter­na­tional races and are also pre­par­ing for the World Cham­pi­onships. they will not be part of the group go­ing into camp next week.

“they will go to the Bei­jing com­pe­ti­tion, have a break, then join us in Braz­zav­ille. “All in all, I think we have a bal­anced team that will do the coun­try proud at the Games. We just have to con­tinue our prepara- tions and do­ing the right things and we will be al­right at the Games.”

the Le­sotho Sports and recre­ation Com­mis­sion (LSRC) has since raised M4, 5 mil­lion for the coun­try’s par­tic­i­pa­tion at the Games—a de­vel­op­ment hailed by Maphathe as be­ing “pos­i­tive”.

LSRC chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, Kholang Mokalanyane, re­cently told the Le­sotho Times that the funds would also cater for the ath­letes’ prepa­ra­tions for the con­ti­nen­tal show­case.

Le­sotho would be rep­re­sented in ath­let­ics, box­ing, ten­nis and taek­wondo dur­ing the 3–18 Septem­ber 2015 event.

Mean­while, Maphathe said the as­so­ci­a­tion would soon be an­nounc­ing the fate of marathon queen, ‘Mamoroalo Tjoka, who tested pos­i­tive for a banned sub­stance dur­ing last year’s De­cem­ber High Al­ti­tude Sum­mer Marathon held in Mokhot­long.

tjoka has since ap­peared be­fore a dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee where she was found guilty and is ex­pected to be handed a two-year ban from ath­let­ics.

“We are wait­ing for our dis­ci­plinary body to hand-out the judge­ment af­ter she was found guilty. there is re­ally noth­ing much to say about the is­sue at the mo­ment,” Maphathe said.

BANTU midfielder Hlom­pho Kalake.

LI­OLI midfielder Tšoanelo Koe­tle. LI­OLI midfielder Jere­mea Kamela.

BANTU mid­filder Litšepe Marabe.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Lesotho

© PressReader. All rights reserved.