Early exit for Le­sotho reps

Sunday Express - - SPORT -

LE­SOTHO suf­fered yet an­other early exit from an in­ter­na­tional event af­ter Tšepang Sello ( and hhereng hhereng were knocked out in the heats of the U00 me­tre, 100 and 200 me­tre events re­spec­tively at the on-go­ing World

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Uni­ver­sity Cham­pi­onships in Taipei, Tai­wan on Wed­nes­day.

Sello fin­ished fourth in the fe­male cat­e­gory while hhereng fin­ished last in both 100 and 200 male heats.

Le­sotho Uni­ver­si­ties and Col­lege Sports As­so­ci­a­tion LUCSA Pres­i­dent, hoko­lia Ram­a­bele, said the duo did their best in the cir­cum­stances.

“This is a high level com­pe­ti­tion be­cause most of the ath­letes who par­tic­i­pated have rep­re­sented their coun­tries in ma­jor in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions and it was not go­ing to be easy for our ath­letes,” Ram­a­bele said.

“They did all they could and we are proud of them and for their brav­ery to go out there and rep­re­sent the coun­try.

“The chal­lenge is that we are not co­op­er­at­ing as sports as­so­ci­a­tions and if we send ath­letes to a com­pe­ti­tion, the Le­sotho Ama­teur Ath­let­ics As­so­ci­a­tion just steps back and as long as this con­tin­ues there will al­ways be chal­lenges.

“The other is­sue is the lack of funds to en­sure our ath­letes com­pete reg­u­larly. We can’t ex­pect any mir­a­cles from them un­til they are given enough sup­port.”

He fur­ther said that the duo had to be as­sisted to build on the ex­po­sure they gained at the games.

“It is a fact that our chances of win­ning are limited if we send small num­bers to com­pe­ti­tions.

“I was talk­ing to our head of del­e­ga­tion and he told me that the United States of Amer­ica had a team of 500 ath­letes to this year’s com­pe­ti­tion but it is a chal­lenge for us be­cause we don’t have the money,” Ram­a­bele said.

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