Sports bod­ies bury hatchet

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Moorosi Tsiane

The Le­sotho Sports and Recre­ation Com­mis­sion (LSRC) and Le­sotho Na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee (LNOC) have ended their frosty re­la­tion­ship and agreed to work to­gether for the good of do­mes­tic sport.

Re­la­tions be­tween the two sporting bod­ies had been testy, but their lead­er­ship opened a new chap­ter in their as­so­ci­a­tion at a press con­fer­ence held in Maseru on Tues­day. The col­lab­o­ra­tion would be sealed by the sign­ing of a Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing (MOU) on 27 June in Maseru, LSRC pres­i­dent Khiba Mo­hoanyane said.

“There has been lack of co­op­er­a­tion be­tween us and the LNOC for a long time and un­for­tu­nately, sport was suf­fer­ing be­cause of this. We are ex­pected to de­velop sport to­gether and to­day, we are putting an end to that bad blood be­cause we are go­ing to sign an MOU to­wards the end of this month which sig­nals the new re­la­tion­ship.

“Be­cause of the lack of co­op­er­a­tion, some as­so­ci­a­tions were us­ing that to their ad­van­tage so it wasn’t easy to in­ter­vene when they were mis­man­ag­ing their af­fairs.”

On her part, LNOC pres­i­dent Mat­lo­hang Moiloa Ramo­qopo said it was im­por­tant that the two bod­ies worked to­gether.

“Our job is prac­ti­cally the same. We share spon­sors, mem­ber­ship and many other things and it is hard to uti­lize the lit­tle we have when we are not work­ing to­gether,” Ramo­qopo said.

“We are head­ing to the Olympics and there would be the African Union Sports Coun­cil Games to be held in An­gola in De­cem­ber. It might be too early to say we can see the re­sults of our new co­op­er­a­tion in those tour­na­ments but we will be work­ing on a four-year time­frame to achieve our goals.”

The two lead­ers also an­nounced that in­fight­ing in the Le­sotho Na­tional Squash As­so­ci­a­tion (LNSA) and Le­sotho Box­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (LEBA) could soon be a thing of the past as a panel had since been es­tab­lished to look into the feud­ing be­gin­ning 6 July.

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