Boxing team still waiting for funds

Boxing team still waiting for funds

MASERU  – Lesotho’s boxing team is still waiting for funding in order to begin preparations for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, thepost has learnt.
The news is the latest in what is becoming a series of setbacks for Team Lesotho’s preparations.
Last week the Lesotho Amateur Athletics Association (LAAA) revealed the athletics team’s preparations are also behind schedule with the squad yet to train together because of a lack of funds from the Ministry of Sports.
The news is concerning.

The Commonwealth Games to be held in the Gold Coast of Australia are only 48 days away and, while other nations have started finalising preparations, Lesotho’s preparations appear to be floundering.
Speaking to thepost yesterday, Lesotho Boxing Association (LEBA) public relations officer, Katiso Tšenoli, said although Lesotho’s boxing team has been attending tournaments to get ready, it is essential for the boxers to start camping in order to maximise their performance during the competition.

However, LEBA is still waiting for funding from the Lesotho National Olympic Committee (LNOC).
The Commonwealth Games will be held from April 4 to 15 at Carrara Stadium in Queensland, Australia.
Lesotho’s boxing team is set to be made of Mokhachane Moshoeshoe, who will compete in the 69 kilograms category, Qhobosheane Mohlelepe (60 kg), Mantoa Ranoe (57 kg) and 2016 Olympian Moroke Mokhothu who will contest the 56 kg section.

“For now we are still only training, we have not started camping just yet,” Tšenoli said.
“Next week, the boxing Commonwealth (Games) team will leave for Mozambique. It is a regional tournament but we will be treating it as part of our preparations for the Commonwealth Games.”

LEBA’s preps so far have only comprised bouts at invitational tournaments, including in neighbouring South Africa.
“Last week we were in Gauteng and it was part of our preparations, so I can say we are really preparing,” Tšenoli said.

“For camping we are still waiting for the LNOC to give us the go-ahead because they receive the money from the (sports) ministry,” he added.
“The money is not yet here but we had already made such a request to the LNOC that we would like to start camping. It is very important for boxers to camp because you are able to monitor them – how they eat, (and) how they train. If we can’t camp it will affect us badly (at the Commonwealth Games).

Tšenoli said LEBA does not mind if Lesotho’s four boxers camp locally.
“As long as they are together training and their progress is being monitored by their coaches it is fine,” he said.

Nkheli Liphoto

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