Moloisane’s improvement delights LTA

Moloisane’s improvement delights LTA

MASERU – Lesotho Taekwondo Association (LTA) secretary general Teboho Masimong says the association is delighted with the speedy improvement of Marumo Moloisane since he left the country for Germany in December. Moloisane is one of six Lesotho athletes that were awarded an Olympic Solidarity scholarship last August in preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
Three of the six athletes are based in Lesotho while two are in South Africa.

Track specialists Tšepang Sello and Mosito Lehata are training at the University of Free State in Free State, South Africa while long jumper Lerato Sechele, boxer Moroke Mokhotho and cyclist Tumelo Makae are based locally.

Moloisane is the only athlete in Europe and will train at the renewed Taekwondo Competence Centre in Friedrichshafen until 2020. Last month he won bronze medal at the Austrian Open Tournament in an encouraging display as he looks to qualify for his first Olympics in two years’ time.
Masimong lauded Moloisane improvement.

He admitted it was initially difficult for the Khubetsoana native to acclimatise to Germany but said he is now settling in well.
“I think when (Moloisane) first arrived it was difficult for him to acclimatise as it is always the case when you move to a new country but things have improved,” Masimong said.
“Remember, before the 2016 Olympics (Moloisane) was number three (in Africa in the 58 kilogram weight class) and he just missed out on qualification for the Olympics as he needed to be in the top two,” he said.

Masimong said Moloisane has been busy since moving to Germany. “He is participating in lot of events but I think the best he had so far was last month in Austria where he won the bronze medal,” he said. “I think we are seeing a big improvement in him,” Masimong added.

“In terms of technicalities I can’t be too sure, that’s where his coaches would know because he has coaches in Germany. But the centre where he is based is one of the best and, looking at his performances, we are seeing improvement and he is clocking points.”

Masimong said the LTA is hoping the 2019 All Africa Games in Lusaka, Zambia will provide a perfect opportunity to further gauge Moloisane’s improvement.
Besides Moloisane, Masimong said the association is working hard to groom more international taekwondo fighters and not only rely on Moloisane.
“Ramosoeu Nkoebe is one player that Lesotho national coach Du Khwi Lee is working with in order to improve him,” Masimong said.
“However, we have the difficulty of not having funds for him to attend events and get international exposure.”

Luciah Phahla

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