Bodybuilders to compete in SA
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.