Mo­qhali laments poor ath­let­ics ad­min­is­tra­tion

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

LEG­ENDARY marathon run­ner, Thabiso Mo­qhali, says Le­sotho’s poor per­for­mance at the re­cent World Cham­pi­onships in Lon­don is a re­flec­tion of sham­bolic state of the ad­min­is­tra­tion of ath­let­ics in the coun­try.

The trio of sprinter, Mos­ito Le­hata and marathon run­ners Lebenya Nkoka and Tšepo Mathi­belle all dis­ap­pointed in Lon­don.

Le­hata was dis­qual­i­fied for a false start in the heats of the 100 me­tres semi-fi­nals while the marathon duo failed to fin­ish their races.

And Mo­qhali, a 1998 Com­mon­wealth Games gold medal­list blamed the lack of proper ad­min­is­tra­tion struc­tures for the poor per­for­mances.

“The first thing you no­tice is that those ath­letes did not have coaches and that is a big mis­take to start with,” Mo­qhali said.

“There is no one to give di­rec­tion to the ath­letes and as­sess if they are in a good shape to com­pete.

“You need to put the right sys­tems in place for the ath­letes to be able to com­plete.

“We need to have coaches to share their ex­per­tise with ath­letes, we also need med­i­cal ex­perts such as phys­io­ther­a­pists to mon­i­tor their phys­i­cal con­di­tion.

“In short, we have got ad­min­is­tra­tion is­sues and that is af­fect­ing the per­for­mance of ath­letes,” he said, adding the ath­letes were not psy­cho­log­i­cally pre­pared for the cham­pi­onships.

Mo­qhali said the ath­let­ics body needed to go back to the draw­ing board and chart a new course.

“The as­so­ci­a­tion can­not give you their plan. Ath­letes go to com­pe­ti­tions with­out proper prepa­ra­tions.

“This is why the top marathon run­ner (Mot­lokoa Nkhabut­lane) who re­cently broke my record turned down the of­fer to com­pete in Lon­don af­ter be­ing in­formed about it at short no­tice.

“He knows that it takes a lot of hard work and prepa­ra­tions to go to such a stage and per­form well.”

Mo­qhali also weighed in on the top sprinter Le­hata’s run of poor form, say­ing he should not have been sent to train in Mau­ri­tius but rather to a coun­try with a pedi­gree in ath­let­ics.

“I re­ally think that he has over­stayed in Mau­ri­tius and it is not help­ing him.

“When I asked about it I was told that they tried move him, but there was no bud­get for that,” Mo­qhali said.

MARATHON run­ner Mot­lokoa Nkhabut­lane. COM­MON­WEALTH Games gold medal­list Thabiso Mo­qhali.

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