Rugby breaks new ground

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Moorosi Tsiane

THE Fed­er­a­tion of Le­sotho Rugby (FLR) will hold a fundrais­ing beauty pageant at Maseru Avani Ho­tel on 27 De­cem­ber.

Ac­cord­ing to FLR sec­re­tary gen­eral Litšitso Motšeremeli, the event is be­ing held in con­junc­tu­ion with the Miss Le­sotho or­gan­is­ers. In ad­di­tion to rais­ing money, the pageant seeks to en­tice more women into the game.

“We have no­ticed that women have not been join­ing us in great num­bers since we in­tro­duced rugby in Le­sotho (in 2012) so we are just try­ing to reach out to them by hold­ing this pageant.

“We thought maybe if we could do some­thing that women re­ally like and iden­tify with, then we might get some­where. That’s why we de­cided to join hands with or­gan­is­ers of the Miss Le­sotho pageant to come up with this rugby ini­tia­tive,” Motšeremeli said.

Ac­cord­ing to Motšeremeli, the in­ten­tion is also to get rid of the per­cep­tion that rugby is only a sport for brawny play­ers.

“That is so wrong; a com­pletely wrong per­cep­tion. In rugby, we have 15 play­ers who are di­vided into two groups — the front­line and back­line.

“The back­line is for smaller-bod­ied play­ers and we only need gi­ants, if I may call them that, as for­wards.

“So we thought talk­ing to the fe­male pop­u­la­tion through mod­el­ing could help us achieve what we are aim­ing for, which is to have more women in the game, while also pop­u­lar­iz­ing the sport,” he said.

Motšeremeli added: “We are on a mis­sion to see that the sport reaches greater heights in our coun­try, and that also needs money. Spon­sor­ship has been a prob­lem not only for rugby but most sport­ing codes in Le­sotho, so we will also be us­ing this pageant to raise money for our de­vel­op­ment projects. Some of th­ese pro­grammes have been put on hold due to lack of funds.”

Motšeremeli also said the fed­er­a­tion would hold a tour­na­ment on Satur­day at Mabote Beavers Ground where Beavers are go­ing to play Vul­tures and War­riors, with the aim of pro­mot­ing the sport.

LE­SOTHO’S na­tional rugby team Lika­tola.

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