Rugby breaks new ground
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.