Ath­letes need ed­u­ca­tion on dop­ing

Lesotho Times - - Sports -

LIKUENA and Li­oli mid­fielder, Tšoanelo Koe­tle, has been hog­ging the head­lines for the wrong rea­sons for the past two months af­ter it was an­nounced that the player re­fused to un­dergo a dop­ing test late last year.

The test was or­gan­ised by the Le­sotho Na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee (LNOC) in its ca­pac­ity as the lo­cal Na­tional An­tiDop­ing Or­gan­i­sa­tion (NADO).

The is­sue mat­ter has be­come a talk­ing point and seems to have also di­vided opin­ions from the as­so­ci­a­tions in­volved.

The Le­sotho Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (LEFA) have come out to say that NADO has since been dis­banded be­cause it was chaired by Ad­vo­cate Tšepo Ntaope who al­legedly did not have the qual­i­fi­ca­tions to lead such a body.

LEFA also say they await a de­ci­sion from Re­gional Anti-dop­ing Or­gan­i­sa­tions (RADO) to de­ter­mine the way for­ward on the mat­ter.

It is one of the worst kept secrets that LNOC and LEFA have not been see­ing eye to eye for a year now but my con­cern is not des­per­ate bid to find a cure for in­juries.

There are also some ath­letes, es­pe­cially foot­ballers who smoke mar­i­juana.

My ex­pe­ri­ence in foot­ball ad­min­is­tra­tion has shown me that mar­i­juana is pop­u­lar with play­ers from places like Qoal­ing and Tšenola.

As the sports mother body, the LNOC should work with dif­fer­ent as­so­ci­a­tions to ed­u­cate lo­cal ath­letes on the dan­gers of drug abuse.

Our ath­letes gen­er­ally do not earn much from their sport­ing ca­reers and it would be very sad for them to lose even that lit­tle due to suspensions for dop­ing.

Hav­ing said that, it would be re­miss of me not to point out that ul­ti­mately, the ath­letes have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to look af­ter them­selves and avoid any­thing that would jeop­ar­dise their ca­reers. so much on who is right or wrong as it is on the well-be­ing of Koe­tle.

Both par­ties have a role to play in guid­ing Koe­tle on this is­sue.

I hope that for the sake of the in­tegrity and de­vel­op­ment of sports in the coun­try, the LNOC and LEFA will come to­gether to solve the is­sue.

I think both bod­ies have not done enough to ed­u­cate ath­letes on anti-dop­ing matters and this is the chance for them to cor­rect.

Many of our ath­letes are il­lit­er­ate and that calls for the two as­so­ci­a­tions to ed­u­cate them on the con­se­quences of dop­ing which could de­stroy their ca­reers.

Lo­cal ath­letes should also learn from the un­for­tu­nate ex­am­ple is Mamoroallo Tjoka, who had to serve a two year ban be­fore re­turn­ing to ath­let­ics last year. Talk­ing sport g with Mikia Kalati

The marathon queen has never hid the fact that she v il­lit­er­ate chal­lenges and that could have con­trib­uted to her pos­i­tive test for a banned sub­stance in 2014 when she had to deal with in­juries that plagued her at that time.

There will be cases where ath­letes will use any­thing that comes their way in a

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