Cor­po­rate chal­lenge re­turns

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Moorosi Tsiane

This year’s edi­tion of the sky Events Cor­po­rate Chal­lenge set for 28 Au­gust at Maseru Mall is ex­pected to be big­ger and an even greater suc­cess.

The event, ac­cord­ing to Le­sotho sky di­rec­tor Chris­tian sch­midt, con­tin­ues to in­crease in pop­u­lar­ity and draw di­verse par­tic­i­pa­tion from dif­fer­ent cor­po­rate or­gan­i­sa­tions.

The fun-filled chal­lenge is now in its third year and sch­midt is happy with the way it has been re­ceived by the busi­ness com­mu­nity and other stake­hold­ers.

“There has been sig­nif­i­cant growth for the event over the past two years. In our first year, we had about 350 par­tic­i­pants and this fig­ure rose to 500 last year. We are ex­pect­ing a fur­ther in­crease this year, with each com­pany rep­re­sented by a team of five peo­ple who will com­pete as a group and not in­di­vid­u­als,” sch­midt said.

Ac­cord­ing to sch­midt, the event is aimed at pro­mot­ing team-work and also helps cre­ate a net­work­ing plat­form for em­ploy­ees from dif­fer­ent or­gan­i­sa­tions.

“We have the Le­sotho sky race which fea­tures cy­clists from dif­fer­ent parts of the world and off-course lo­cals, but this Cor­po­rate Chal­lenge was cre­ated to grow Ba­sotho’s in­ter­est in phys­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties, and most im­por­tantly, we would want to mo­ti­vate peo­ple to live a healthy life- the event, also noted he would want to see the Chal­lenge be­ing held in other parts of the coun­try and not just Maseru.

“We would like to see the event grow­ing and even ex­pand­ing to other dis­tricts of the coun­try so that the na­tion can ben­e­fit as a whole, and not only peo­ple who work here in Maseru or are based in Maseru,” he added.

On his part, Le­sotho sky events man­ager Kananelo Ma­sia said cy­cling had been ex­cluded from this year’s Chal­lenge.

“We learnt that many peo­ple were hes­i­tat­ing to take part in the event be­cause they couldn’t ride bi­cy­cles so we have de­iced to pull them out of our races cat­e­gory.

Teams will only be com­pet­ing in lebili, tug-of-war, sack-race, of­froad ob­sta­cles course and bi­cy­cle polo,” he said.

Ma­sia fur­ther said each team would pay M1500 to par­tic­i­pate with reg­is­tra­tion clos­ing on 14 Au­gust.

“Each com­pany can register as many teams as pos­si­ble for as long as they are in groups of five. Again, reg­is­tra­tion is not re­stricted to com­pa­nies; any group of five peo­ple can register even if they are not from any or­gan­i­sa­tion,” said Ma­sia.

Mean­while, To­tal Garage has spon­sored the event with M60 000, while Maseru Mall and Metropoli­tan Le­sotho have each in­jected M50 000.

From left: Sky Events Di­rec­tor Chris Sch­midt, metropoli­tan’s Tha­bang mapena, Sky Events man­ager Kananelo ma­sia, maseru mall man­ager Ba­holo Chi­mombe and To­tal Garage rep­re­sen­ta­tive Kha­likane Kha­likane at the launch of this year’s event last week.

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