Body­builders to com­pete in SA

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

ten lo­cal body­builders will com­pete at the Arnold Ama­teur Body­build­ing com­pe­ti­tion to be held in Johannesburg, south Africa, later this month.

Ac­cord­ing to Le­sotho Ama­teur Body­build­ing As­so­ci­a­tion pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer, Te­boho Mat­jeane, the event is set for 27-28 May in sand­ton.

Mat­jeane also said he was happy body­build­ing was back at the Com­mon­wealth and olympic Games.

“We hosted a qual­i­fy­ing com­pe­ti­tion here on satur­day where 10 ath­letes qual­i­fied for the South Af- ri­can tour­na­ment,” Mat­jeane said.

Among the body­builders go­ing to the event are tšepo Mat­soso, Machake Machake, sello Mo­folo, Masilo Mat­soso, solomon Matebu and Tšepang Rakoakoa, Mat­jeane said.

“Know­ing that our ath­letes can now qual­ify for big com­pe­ti­tion such as the olympics is a big boost af­ter the sport had been sus­pended over dop­ing is­sues.

“there is now a Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing be­tween the World Ama­teur Body­build­ing As­so­ci­a­tion and olympic body which will see our sport back at the olympics and other tour­na­ments, but it will only be af­ter the Brazil olympic Games.”

Brazil hosts this year’s olympics in Au­gust.

Mat­jeane also said the sport had re­alised phe­nom­e­nal growth coun­try­wide with body­builders com­ing from all the coun­try’s 10 dis­tricts for last week­end’s event held at Ma­bathoana high school.

“our sport has seen a lot of growth and is no longer about body­builders from Maseru only as we had oth­ers com­ing from the other dis­tricts,” said Mat­jeane.

“so there is hope for our sport and we be­lieve it will be more com­pet­i­tive go­ing for­ward.”

Mat­jeane also said the or­ga­niza- tion had writ­ten to the Le­sotho sports and Recre­ation Com­mis­sion (LSRC) and Le­sotho na­tional olympic Com­mit­tee (Lnoc) about re-af­fil­i­at­ing with the two sports bod­ies.

“We be­lieve be­ing back with the two mother-bod­ies can help us grow even big­ger and bet­ter.

“I must also in­di­cate that Ma­luti Moun­tain Brew­ery came on board in our re­cent com­pe­ti­tion and helped us so much. It is re­ally an hon­our to have such a big com­pany spon­sor­ing our event.

“We are grate­ful for the sup­port and hope that more com­pa­nies will come on board,” he said.

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