CUCSA games in limbo
CONFEDERATION of University and Colleges Sports Associations (CUCSA) secretary general, Jerry Laka says they are weighing options with regards to the hosting of this year’s edition of the CUCSA games amid the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
The games have been penned in for 27 July to 2 August 2020 but they are now hanging in the balance due to the coronavirus outbreak.
By yesterday, the virus had killed over 28 000 and infected a staggering 614 000 globally. The outbreak has since forced the postponement or cancellation of thousands of sporting events across the world including the Tokyo Olympics which will now be held in 2021.
Laka told the Sunday Express that the decision will be made when CUCSA engages its Lesotho chapter, the Lesotho University and College Sports Association (LUCSA), as the hosts of the games.
“We are discussing this and we will make a statement soon,” Laka told the Sunday Express.
“It is an inclusive consultation; we will decide together after considering all possible scenarios.”
LUCSA communications and marketing manager Matjeke Thamae said the situation has already affected the preparations. He said the situation is also exacerbated by the fact that they are yet to receive funds from the Ministry of Gender, Youth, Sport and Recreation.
Initially, LUCSA had requested for M4.4 million but that was trimmed to M2.5 million.
He said they are already behind because they are yet to finalise the teams for the different sporting codes.
The games were launched last month during the CUCSA annual general meeting (AGM). held in Lesotho. Lesotho is expected to host Angola, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, eSwatini, Zambia and Zimbabwe in the games. The teams will compete in athletics, basketball, chess, soccer, netball, table tennis, lawn tennis, volleyball, karate and boxing.
The games are held biennially and this will be Lesotho’s first time to host the games.
Botswana hosted the 2018 edition while the next edition will be held in Malawi in 2022.