Two terms enough for sports ad­min­is­tra­tors

Lesotho Times - - Sport -

LE­SOTHO has be­come a sport­ing laugh­ing stock af­ter woe­ful per­for­mances on the in­ter­na­tional stage in var­i­ous dis­ci­plines.

Our Rio Olympics team re­cently re­turned home empty-handed from Brazil, while the na­tional soccer team, Likuena, com­pleted a mis­er­able 2017 Africa Cup of Na­tions qual­i­fy­ing cam­paign with a 6-0 drub­bing at the hands of Al­ge­ria a fort­night ago.

Be­fore that, our na­tional un­der-20 soccer side was out­classed by South Africa in the qual­i­fiers for next year’s youth con­ti­nen­tal c o mpe­ti­tion to be held in Zambia.

Likuena played in the fi­nal of the re­gional COSAFA Cup back in 2000, but 16 years on we can­not even re­peat that feat.

If we were in the fi­nal 16 years ago, we should have won the re­gional com­pe­ti­tion by now, but in­stead all we can do is to cel­e­brate the 2013 and 2016 semi-fi­nal and quar­ter­fi­nal ap­pear­ances re­spec­tively.

This can only mean all is not well in our coun­try es­pe­cially as far as sport trans­for­ma­tion and de­vel­op­ment are con­cerned.

The stan­dards have fallen dras­ti­cally and even though there is so much ev­i­dence to prove it, it is un­for­tu­nate those in charge of our sports as­so­ci­a­tions don’t see it that way.

Some of the sports as­so­ci­a­tions have had the same pres­i­dents for more than three terms with noth­ing to show for it.

That is why I be­lieve the Le­sotho Sports and Re­cre­ation Com­mis­sion (LSRC) should in­tro­duce a pol­icy in which ad­min­is­tra­tors serve no more than two terms.

Af­ter all, the LSRC is al­ready do­ing that for its own ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee as shown by the de­par­ture of Lim­pho Mokhochane af­ter serv­ing as pres­i­dent for two terms late last year. She was re­placed by Khiba Mo­hoanyane in Jan­uary this year.

Some of the big­wigs are now so ac­cus­tomed to be­ing at the helm of their as­so­ci­a­tions, they now feel like they own them.

A few years ago, we used to pro­duce athletes who fared well at the high­est lev­els and our teams were much bet­ter com­peti­tors.

We had the likes of Thabiso Mo­qhali who won a gold medal at the 1998 Com­mon­wealth Games while Moses Kopo and Sepula Le­tuka got sil­ver and bronze in the next two edi­tions of the games re­spec­tively. One would have ex­pected that by now Le­sotho would have ended its long wait for an Olympics medal dat­ing back to the early 1970s when the coun­try first par­tic­i­pated in the global sport­ing show­case.

But nowa­days we even strug­gle at the re­gional level.

And it is not be­cause we no longer pro­duce qual­ity athletes but rather be­cause of lazy ad­min­is­tra­tors who are just happy to be travel the world while do­ing very lit­tle, if any­thing, to im­prove the stan­dards of sports in the coun­try.

It could all im­prove if ad­min­is­tra­tors would serve just two terms.

That would mean that ev­ery now and then there would be new peo­ple com­ing on board with dif­fer­ent ex­per­tise and fresh ideas, which cer­tainly ben­e­fit the as­so­ci­a­tions com­pared to the cur­rent sta­tus quo.

How­ever, the re­al­ity is that we have just gone from bad to worse. There is need for a se­ri­ous shake-up in our sports ad­min­is­tra­tion in or­der for us to get our groove back and com­pete again.

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