Fa­cil­i­ties boost for ten­nis

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

The Le­sotho Lawn Ten­nis As­so­ci­a­tion (LLTA) on Tues­day un­veiled three ren­o­vated courts in Maseru.

Among the dig­ni­taries who at­tended the un­veil­ing cer­e­mony at the Na­tional Ten­nis Courts was Deputy Min­is­ter of Gen­der, Youth and Sports ‘Mare­fuoe ‘Muso, Le­sotho Sports and Recre­ation Com­mis­sion pres­i­dent Khiba Mo­hoanyane and Le­sotho Na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee pres­i­dent, Mat­lo­hang Moiloa Ramo­qopo.

Speak­ing at the cer­e­mony, LLTA pres­i­dent Kamo­h­elo hlomisi said the ren­o­va­tion was cour­tesy of fund­ing from the In­ter­na­tional Ten­nis Fed­er­a­tion and the sports min­istry.

“We spoke with our Min­is­ter of Sports some­time last year and he promised to as­sist in the ren­o­va­tion of the courts and he has lived up to that prom­ise,” hlomisi said.

“The new-look courts will surely go a long way in im­prov­ing the stan­dards of the sport in our coun­try as our play­ers will be able to play un­der good fa­cil­i­ties.

“Un­for­tu­nately, these courts are very ex­pen­sive. This is why we only have them in Maseru but the plan is to also have them coun­try­wide in the fu­ture.”

hlomisi said the as­so­ci­a­tion was com­mit­ted to de­vel­op­ing ten­nis but its ef­forts were be­ing ham­pered by lack of funds.

“It is not easy lead­ing the as­so­ci­a­tion due to lack of funds and spon­sor­ship, but we are com­mit­ted to the de­vel­op­ment of the sport even un­der those cir­cum­stances,” he said.

On his part, Mo­hoanyane said what the ten­nis au­thor­i­ties had done was com­mend­able.

“This is not the first time I have at­tended a cer­e­mony of this na­ture and it shows the ten­nis lead­er­ship has been work­ing hard in an ef­fort to im­prove the sport,” Mo­hoanyane said.

“This is also proof that they are work­ing to­gether with the in­ter­na­tional ten­nis mother-body who have made a con­tri­bu­tion in the ren­o­va­tion of the courts.

“I hope all our as­so­ci­a­tions will fol­low suit in hav­ing good re­la­tions with in­ter­na­tional bod­ies as it is only through their as­sis­tance that our fa­cil­i­ties could be im­proved.

“We have to keep knock­ing on their doors be­cause they are all about giv­ing a help­ing hand since they are aware of our strug­gles as de­vel­op­ing coun­tries.

“What is left now is for the play­ers to con­tinue hon­ing their skills and bring­ing the coun­try medals in big com­pe­ti­tions.”

On her part, Deputy Min­is­ter ‘Muso said she was very proud to be at the cer­e­mony and com­mended the ten­nis as­so­ci­a­tion for the good work.

“We know lack of fa­cil­i­ties and re­sources is a big prob­lem in our coun­try and I be­lieve it was not easy for the play­ers and coaches to get it right us­ing dam­aged fa­cil­i­ties,” the deputy min­is­ter said.

“But I be­lieve things will change for the bet­ter now be­cause the courts have been im­proved and are in bet­ter con­di­tion.

“I know ten­nis is the one sport that has been do­ing us proud in big com­pe­ti­tions and I hope this will be mo­ti­va­tion for the play­ers to come with more medals go­ing for­ward.

“I’m also very happy that our Min­is­ter of Sports, Ntate Mathi­beli Mokhothu de­liv­ered as promised as it is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the gov­ern­ment to em­power its peo­ple.”

Deputy Min­is­ter of Sports ‘Mare­fuoe ‘Muso open­ing the new ten­nis courts on tues­day.

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