Netball team wants association dissolved

Netball team wants association dissolved

Maseru – The Phuthiatsana High School netball team wants the Lesotho Olympic Committee (LNOC) and Lesotho Sport and Recreation Commission (LSRC) to dissolve the Lesotho Netball Association (LNA) national executive committee. It also wants the association’s activities suspended.

In a letter addressed to the LNOC secretary general, Phuthiatsana netball team manager Keketso Mokitimi, on behalf of the team, made several accusations against the LNA. In the letter, the club accuses the LNA of not doing anything to help Lesotho’s national teams in all age groups to qualify for international tournaments.

It also accuses the LNA executive of enjoying travelling to international events without a team. It further urges LNOC to ask the association’s executives to show cause why a travelling embargo which bars them to travel to any international events without a team should not be imposed on them as long as a Lesotho team has not qualified for international events.

“Construction 4 of section 5 subsection 1 of LNA constitution which stipulates that the Annual General Meeting (AGM) shall be held within three months after the end of each year, which to date LNA has not done since 2016,” Mokitimi’s letter reads.

“I have noted that the LNA is doing nothing to prepare national teams of different age categories for the forthcoming international tournaments. It is my fear that LNA will repeat the same thing which they did last year for both Under 21 qualifiers in Gaborone and SSCASS Under 20 games in Luanda, Angola, where they did not prepare teams in time but instead just handpicked their favourite players regardless of their performance leaving out deserving players,” it continues.

The association is also being accused of not helping in the development of netball in the country, especially teachers, as they are the ones who are in frequent contact with the players who need early development. The letter also accuses the association of running the national league during the time of examinations therefore putting school clubs at a disadvantage.  Phuthiatsana netball team is a fully paid up member of LNA.

LNOC public relations officer Moshoeshoe Molapo confirmed that the Olympic committee had received the letter.
He said that it has been referred to the dispute resolution committee that is made up of members of LNOC and LSRC.
He said the letter came at a time when the Olympic committee was preparing for the elections and they are yet to hear from the dispute committee.
“We have a dispute committee for our associations, it is made up of members of LNOC and LSRC, when we receive such complaints we refer them to the committee to work on them and they will advise, they can also even advise the affected association,” he said.

Luciah Phahla

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