LNOC receives M8m  for African Games

LNOC receives M8m for African Games

MASERU – The government of Lesotho has finally released money for Team Lesotho’s preparations for the 2019 African Games.
The continental games are scheduled to begin on Monday in Rabat, Morocco, and will end on August 31.
Lesotho’s preparations for the games have been severely affected by the lack of funds.
While other sporting codes have been able to train and camp, the Lesotho Amateur Athletics Association, for example, are yet to camp despite the fact that the first batch of athletes will leave the country tomorrow.
Not only is Lesotho late with its preparations, there is still no official Team Lesotho attire and chef de mission Tšepang Matutle will only leave the country tomorrow for Morocco.
He was supposed to be there last week.
Lesotho Sports and Recreation Commission (LSRC) public relations officer Teboho Rakhomo confirmed to the press yesterday that M8 million from government arrived on Tuesday at the Lesotho National Olympic Committee (LNOC) offices.
He said there are still challenges with securing visas for the athletes but that is now set to be sorted out as the money has arrived.
Lesotho is sending a total of 27 athletes, eight women and 19 men, in six sporting codes being weightlifting, boxing, athletics, taekwondo, and tennis and cycling. The athletes will be accompanied by six officials together with their coaches. The last batch of athletes will leave the country next Friday, August 23.
“LNOC received the money, (an amount) M8.1 million. We feel we have to give new updates as we have done before to tell you that our preparations are going slowly,” Rakhomo said.
“We are still facing challenges with the visas (but) now the preparations are on track. The CDM (chef de mission) and the team manager will leave the country tomorrow to Morocco to prepare for the team’s arrival,” he added.
“The competition attire is still not available. All the teams’ have started camping except the athletics (team) and they are working hard. I was speaking to them,” Rakhomo said.

Team Lesotho:
Athletics:
Women
Mamakoli Senauoane (400m), Lerato Sechele (triple jump and long jump), Tšepang Sello (800m and 1 500m), Mokulubete Makatise (1 500m and 5 000m)

Men
Toka Badboy (5 000m and 10 000m), Jobo Khatooane (half marathon), Mosito Lehata (100m and 200m), Phomolo Lekhooana (100m and 200m)

Weightlifting:
Women
Makoena Tšosane (71kg)

Men
Machachamise Ntšinyi (73kg), Thapelo Sebota (61kg)

Taekwondo:
Women
Michelle Tau (U46kg), Tebello Mootisa (-49kg), Relebohile Tjotjo (-57kg)

Men
Marumo Moloisane (54-58kg), Lemohang Mokhobo (63-68kg)

Boxing:
Tlholohelo Mokhesi (48-52 kg), Moroke Mokhotho (52-57kg), Qhobosheane Mohlerepe (57-63kg), Moshoeshoe Nokhachane (63-69kg), Arena Pakela (69-75kg)

Cycling:
Tumelo Makae (Mountain Bike), Phetetso Monese (Mountain Bike), Teboho Khantsi (Road race)

Tennis:
Nyathi Motlojoa (singles), Mpaleng Sempe (singles)

Tlalane Phahla

 

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