LNOC clears air on Nkhasi

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

THE Le­sotho Na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee (LNOC) has set the record straight on 10 000m run­ner No­mankoe Nkhasi’s par­tic­i­pa­tion at the 2016 Sum­mer Olympics, say­ing he is part of the in Rio de Janeiro-bound team.

Nkhasi was the last of the eight­mem­ber team to qual­ify for the games, after win­ning a bronze medal at the African Se­nior Cham­pi­onship held in Dur­ban, South Africa in June. Le­sotho’s eight-mem­ber team is set to com­pete in the sport­ing codes of ath­let­ics, cy­cling and box­ing

The South African-based Nkhasi had told the Le­sotho Times on Tues­day he was in the dark about his par­tic­i­pa­tion in the global sport­ing show­case to be held from 5 to 21 Au­gust 2016.

“I have been train­ing like I usu­ally do, so I am ready to com­pete in Rio,” he said.

“The only prob­lem is I am not sure if I am still go­ing, be­cause noth­ing has been com­mu­ni­cated to me.

“I have not even re­ceived any train­ing at­tire and I don’t even know the date I am sup­posed to leave for the Olympics. It is very frus­trat­ing.”

How­ever, ac­cord­ing to LNOC pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer, Moshoeshoe Mo­lapo, it had been dif­fi­cult to lo­cate Nkhasi.

“He (Nkhasi) qual­i­fied for the games when we had al­ready fi­nalised our team for the Olympics.

“We were alerted about his qual­i­fi­ca­tion by the Le­sotho Am­a­teur Ath­let­ics As­so­ci­a­tion and made it clear we would make prepa­ra­tions for him just like the rest of the team,” he said.

“We even went as far as con­tact­ing the South African Sports Con­fed­er­a­tions and Olympic Com­mit­tee to help us track him down. In our ef­forts to lo­cate him, we were in­tro­duced to some­one who claimed to be his agent.

“How­ever, an­other per­son later resur­faced say­ing he was the ath­lete’s coach.”

Mo­lapo added: “We were con­fused and un­able to get in touch with him.

“The per­son who pur­ported to be Nkhasi’s coach gave us a list of items he would need for his prepa­ra­tions, but was later nowhere to be found.

“This was not our fault, and it is un­for­tu­nate that it hap­pened just be­fore the Olympics.”

Le­sotho goal­keeper Pa­ballo Ran­netla (right) tries to block a Botswana shooter dur­ing the Africa Net­ball World Youth Cup qual­i­fiers on Sun­day.

LNOC PRO Moshoeshoe Mo­lapo.

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