Phamotse says ‘embarrassed’ by poor attendance

Phamotse says ‘embarrassed’ by poor attendance

MASERU – THE Minister of Sports Mahali Phamotse said she was “embarrassed” by the attendance at last Saturday’s 2018 Lesotho Annual Sport Awards (LASA) at ‘Manthabiseng Convention Centre. The show was the second edition of the awards introduced last year to honour Lesotho’s best athletes and organisers had moved the ceremony from AVANI Maseru to the bigger ‘Manthabiseng Convention Centre in anticipation of a bumper crowd.

The attendance was poor, however, with empty seats littered across the arena. The turnout clearly displeased Phamotse who said she was “embarrassed” when she took the stage to address the audience. “I see empty seats and I do not like it because we have to offer support to sports and encourage and strengthen our athletes. I am embarrassed to see this because we have 28 sporting codes, this house should be full,” she said.

Phamotse urged the Lesotho Sports and Recreation Commission (LSRC) to “work hard” to improve next year’s ceremony and for local business to support the awards. The minister also pledged to play her part. “Next year we have to make sure that this hall is full and I encourage businessmen and women to sponsor these awards, I will also invite other ministries to come and offer support,” she said.

The LASA awards were introduced in 2017 as the first-ever awards of their kind. The biggest winner at this year’s show was distance runner ‘Neheng Khatala who walked away with the Sportswoman of The Year and the evening’s most coveted prize – the Sports Star of The Year.
The accolades recognised Khatala’s strong 2017 and rise up Lesotho’s running ranks.

Nkheli Liphoto

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