Team Le­sotho’s An­gola foray in limbo

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

TEAM Le­sotho’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in the Africa Union Sports Coun­cil (AUSC) Zone five Youth Games sched­uled for next month in An­gola hangs in the bal­ance amid in­di­ca­tions the Min­istry of Gender, Youth and Sports has not availed the nec­es­sary funds.

Le­sotho had been ear­marked to par­tic­i­pate at the AUSC games in box­ing, net­ball, ath­let­ics and tennis. The re­gional com­pe­ti­tion gets un­der­way on 7 De­cem­ber this year.

How­ever, the team’s Chef de Mis­sion Lim­pho Rakoto, who is also pres­i­dent of Na­tional Par­a­lympics Com­mit­tee of Le­sotho, cast doubts on the team’s par­tic­i­pa­tion

“I am not sure if we will end up go­ing to the com­pe­ti­tion, but what I know is that there are penal­ties to be paid should a coun­try fail to make it,” Rakoto said.

“The de­lays in ac­cess­ing funds re­stricted the team to just one camp in Septem­ber which was far less than they had an­tic­i­pated. To be hon­est, I am not sat­is­fied at all with how the prepa­ra­tions have gone so far.”

She added: “We are yet to re­ceive the money that we re­quested to fi­nance our prepa­ra­tions and that has made life very dif­fi­cult for us.

“We should have booked flights for the team and pur­chased their at­tire by now,” she said, adding, “So as the leader, I am not happy at all due to the fact that we have missed out on a lot in terms of our prepa­ra­tions”.

She said they were do­ing their best to keep their ath­letes mo­ti­vated even un­der dif­fi­cult cir­cum­stances as they re­mained un­sure if the funds would even­tu­ally be re­leased.

“This means that we might find our­selves leav­ing in dif­fer­ent groups be­cause flights to An­gola for the dates that we were sup­posed to leave are al­ready fully booked.

“But we are try­ing our best to re­main pos­i­tive along with the teams,” she said.

She also thanked the Le­sotho Sports and Recre­ation Com­mis­sion for “mak­ing things eas­ier” when­ever they could.

NPC pres­i­dent Lim­pho Rakoto.

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