Sports bodies bury hatchet
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.