Sports awards on the cards
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.