Sport could do with a Com­mis­sion of In­quiry

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

Yet another sport­ing event — the All Africa Games — is com­ing to an end and as usual, our ath­letes are per­form­ing very badly and by yesterday, had won two medals, a bronze in box­ing through Moroke Mokhotho and another bronze in male ten­nis dou­bles.

It’s re­ally wor­ry­ing that we con­tinue to par­tic­i­pate in dif­fer­ent com­pe­ti­tions yet noth­ing comes of it.

Well, with the on-go­ing South­ern African De­vel­op­ment Com­mu­nity Com­mis­sion of In­quiry into the re­cent mur­der by the mil­i­tary of for­mer army com­man­der Maa­parankoe Ma­hao cur­rently the talk of town, sug­ges­tions by dis­ap­pointed sports fans is we need an in­ves­ti­ga­tion of such mag­ni­tude to get to the bot­tom of the whole de­ba­cle.

I mean, over M4mil­lion was bud­geted for our team to com­pete at the Braz­zav­ille Games whose cur­tain comes down this com­ing Satur­day.

I se­ri­ously be­lieve it’s high time a se­ri­ous re­search is con­ducted to find out why our ath­letes al­ways strug­gle on the big stage.

The gov­ern­ment can­not surely con­tinue to waste so much monies while re­sults are not forth­com­ing.

My point here is our coun­try can­not con­tinue to spend such huge funds for noth­ing.

Our sports as­so­ci­a­tions have to come-up with bet­ter strate­gies that will end this poor per­for­mance, es­pe­cially when it comes to ma­jor sport­ing events such as the Olympic, Com­mon­wealth and All-africa Games.

I think it’s a dis­grace that South Africa have won over 100 medals at the Congo show­case and we only have one, for fin­ish­ing in third place, yet this team was touted by of­fi­cials and pun­dits alike to have the great­est po­ten­tial to win ac­co­lades for Le­sotho.

The tal­ent and po­ten­tial is there among the ath­letes, but the truth of the mat­ter is we are not do­ing enough in de­vel­op­ing young­sters hence we con­tinue to fail so dis­mally when it comes to the big­ger stage.

I think we have all seen from the All-africa Games’ per­for­mance that there is a big po­ten­tial in box­ing, as well as ten­nis.our ath­let­ics team has al­ways done very well over the years, but I also have a feel­ing the coun­try is not do­ing enough to as­sist them to com­pete at the high­est level on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.

While there were big ex­pec­ta­tions on Mos­ito Le­hata, the sprinter clearly can­not do it alone and it’s also ob­vi­ous that in­juries have ham­pered his progress hence he has failed to live up to our ex­pec­ta­tions in re­cent events, in­clud­ing in the Congo.

The sooner we can get more ath­letes of his cal­i­bre the bet­ter for our coun­try.

For the sake of im­prove­ment, I hope the Min­istry of Sports will de­mand an­swers from the rel­e­vant author­i­ties as to why the coun­try per­formed so badly in Braz­zav­ille.

This hu­mil­i­a­tion in the Congo should be a les­son to big bod­ies such as the Le­sotho Sports and Recre­ation Com­mis­sion and Le­sotho Na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee that all is not well in the way we have been do­ing things in this coun­try, sport­ing-wise, of-course.

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