Olympic life­line for boxer

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

The Le­sotho Ama­teur Boxing As­so­ci­a­tion (LABA) and Le­sotho Na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee (LNOC) could give Moroke Mokhotho a chance to make it to the 2016 Olympics by tak­ing him to another qual­i­fy­ing tour­na­ment set for June in Uzbek­istan.

The 2011 and 2015 All-africa Games bronze medal­ist nar­rowly missed se­cur­ing a ticket to Rio de Janeiro at last month’s African qual­i­fy­ing com­pe­ti­tion held in Cameroon when he lost his semi­fi­nal bout.

how­ever, his team­mate, Inku­l­uleko Sun­tele, booked a place at the Brazil Games dur­ing the same tour­na­ment de­spite los­ing in the fi­nal.

But ac­cord­ing to LABA pres­i­dent, Takatso Ra­makhula, Moroke could get another shot at qual­i­fi­ca­tion for the Brazil Games to be held in Rio de Janeiro from 5-21 Au­gust.

“This boy has done a lot for this coun­try over the years. he won medals in Maputo in 2011 and Braz­zav­ille last year and luck­ily for us, the Olympic Com­mit­tee has heard our call to give him another chance, hence the trip to Uzbek­istan,” Ra­makhula said this week.

“he was un­lucky to face a top boxer in his cat­e­gory in Cameroon, and this is the man who has been the stum­bling block for Mokhotho over the years.

“But now that he is out of the way, we feel Mokhotho has a good chance of fi­nally qual­i­fy­ing for the Olympics as all the top box­ers have booked their places at the Games.”

head-of-del­e­ga­tion for the Le­sotho Olympic team, Let­satsi Nt­si­bolane, mean­while, said it was con­cern­ing that only four ath- letes had qual­i­fiedd for Brazil 2016.

“We have not fi­nalised nalised what will hap­pen as yet, but there is a big pos­si­bil­ity that Moroke will be sent to another other com­pe­ti­tion to try his luck again,” Nt­si­bolanebolane said.

“What I can sayy is we are not happy with num­ber of ath­letes es who have qual­i­fied for the Games so far and d we will do ev­ery­thing we can to in­crease thehe fig­ure if there is that pos­si­bil­ity.

“We know the chances of us per­form­ing well in Brazil will l be much bet­ter if we have more ath­letes so that is what we are work­ing on at the moment.”t.”

Mos­ito Le­hata was the first ath­lete to qual­ify for the Olympic­sympics and was later joined by marathon rathon run­ners Tšepo Mathi­belle and Lebenya Nkoka, whilele Sun­tele in­creased the e fig­ure to four last month.h.

Break­ing his si­lence since com­ing short hort in Cameroon, Mokhotho okhotho said he was dev­as­tated stated to have come so close se to re­al­is­ing his dream of com­pet­ing at the world’s bigges­tiggest multisport com­pe­ti­tion.

“I’m very grate­ful ful that I will have a chance to qual­ify once again,”gain,” Moroke said.

“ev­ery­thing started arted well for me in Cameroon as I knocked d out a home favourite and a Tu­nisian to reachh the semi­fi­nal stage. Un­for­tu­nately, by that time I had a slight in­jury in the shoul­der and it made life dif­fi­cult for me.

“I’m back in train­ing ain­ing and work­ing hard to make sure I achieve eve my dream when I go to another com­pe­ti­tio­n­ion in June.”

MOROKE Mokhotho.

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