Sports awards on the cards

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

THE Le­sotho Sports and Recre­ation Com­mis­sion (LSRC) is plan­ning to in­tro­duce sports awards from next year.

Ac­cord­ing to the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer, Lehlo­honolo Makat­jane, the awards would not only fo­cus on ac­tive ath­letes and ad­min­is­tra­tors, but also their re­tired coun­ter­parts.

“Plans are at an ad­vanced stage to in­tro­duce th­ese awards,” Makat­jane said.

“We felt there is need to re­ward out­stand­ing in­di­vid­u­als in our sports and the plan is to have the cer­e­mony as an an­nual event start­ing next year.”

Makat­jane also said he felt sport­ing leg­ends have been ig­nored for too long hence the need to hon­our them.

“We have many sport­ing leg­ends who did this coun­try proud, but very lit­tle is be­ing said about them,” said Makat­jane.

“It is time they are hon­oured for their achieve­ments and this is what the awards are all about, as well as ap­pre­ci­at­ing those who have made a dif­fer­ence in sports ad­min­is­tra­tion.

“We will try to bring spon­sors on board to make the awards big­ger and bet­ter, but at the mo­ment, it is still the LSRC foot­ing the bill.”

Le­sotho has pro­duced some fine sport­ing mo­ments on the in­ter­na­tional stage over the years and Makat­jane be­lieves re­liv­ing such achieve­ments through the awards could in­spire the cur­rent crop of ath­letes.

Marathoner Thabiso Mo­qhali won the coun­try’s first Com­mon­weal medal when he clinched gold in Malaysia in 1998, while boxer Se­phula Le­tuka took bronze in the 2002 edi­tion of the com­pe­ti­tion held in Eng­land. An­other boxer, Moses Kopo, clinched bronze in 2006 in Aus­tralia.

“It is about time that we re­vived the pas­sion and win­ning men­tal­ity that we once had and we felt in­tro­duc­ing th­ese sports awards is the way to go,” Makat­jane said.

“The ath­letes must feel the love and ap­pre­ci­a­tion from their own coun­try, and this is what we are hop­ing to achieve through th­ese awards.”

Mean­while, Makat­jane also said the LSRC would hold elec­tions for a new lead­er­ship on 31 Jan­uary 2016.

MOSES Kopo left ex­changes punches with Black Marthenge of Kenya in the semi-fi­nal bout at Mel­bourne 2006.

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