All set for body build­ing con­test

Sunday Express - - SPORT -

BODY Build­ing As­so­ci­a­tion of Le­sotho (BBAL) pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer Tšepo Mat­soso says all is in place for the pres­ti­gious ‘Night of Cham­pi­ons’ com­pe­ti­tion at Le­hakoe Recre­ational Cen­tre Hall on the 10th of De­cem­ber.

The com­pe­ti­tion is the first of its kind in Le­sotho and it is ex­pected to feature some con­ti­nen­tal big names for the M10 000 first prize.

Mat­soso said the run­ners up will pocket M5000 while the third and fourth placed would re­ceive M3500 and M1000 in the male and fe­male cat­e­gories re­spec­tively. The prizes will in­clude sup­ple­ments ham­pers.

“All the lo­gis­tics are in place and we are wait­ing for the ath­letes to con­firm their par­tic­i­pa­tion,” Mat­soso said, adding South Africa’s un­der-85 kilo­gramme cham­pion Bon­gani Leaka and lo­cals Khauh­elo Raphep­heng and Masilo Mat­soso had al­ready con­firmed their par­tic­i­pa­tion.

Mat­soso said the com­pe­ti­tion was also aimed at spread­ing aware­ness about the sport in the coun­try.

He said while the as­so­ci­a­tion has had many ath­letes com­pet­ing in high pro­file in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions, it had how­ever come to their at­ten­tion that “many peo­ple still do not know about us”.

“This is why we have in­cluded some lo­cal ath­letes in this com­pe­ti­tion be­cause we want to lure many peo­ple to at­tend in­clud­ing those who do not un­der­stand our sport,” he said.

He said the fact that they were un­known also made it harder to at­tract spon­sors and this could only change if they started at­tract­ing big crowds. He sin­gled out Ma­luti Moun­tain Brew­ery for hav­ing “been with us for a while and we thank them”.

Mat­soso said he and five other ath­letes in­clud­ing Solomon Ma­hone, Te­boho Macheke and Raphep­heng would par­tic­i­pate in the Arnold Clas­sic Com­pe­ti­tion to be held in Ohio United States of Amer­ica in March 2017.

He said four of the ath­letes had re­ceived “straight in­vites” while the as­so­ci­a­tion would se­lect the other two “pos­si­bly af­ter this com­pe­ti­tion”.

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