Team Lesotho’s Angola foray in limbo
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.