Phamotse wants drug-free athletes

Phamotse wants drug-free athletes

MASERU – Lesotho’s Minister of Sports, Mahali Phamotse, has urged athletes to stay clear of drugs and doping because it taints their image.
Phamotse said athletes should use their natural talents and strive to become clean ambassadors for their sports.
The minister was speaking at the third edition of the Lesotho Annual Sports Awards (LASA) held last Saturday at Manthabiseng Convention Centre Auditorium.
Phamotse added that she was impressed with the support the national football team, Likuena, received for their final 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against Cape Verde last month which showed how important sports are.

“Athletes represent their country when they are competing (internationally), this is the third time we are holding these awards to encourage hard work and good administration in our sports,” Phamotse said.
“We know that we are a member of Region 5 (in the African Union Sports Council) so we have to always appreciate our athletes and it is what we are doing here. What bothers us in sports is doping and I want all athletes to know that they are wasting their talents by doing drugs. You should eat healthy and train regularly.”

Phamotse added: “Players should be loyal to themselves. The use of drugs kills an athlete’s image and drains their energy and talent, so that is why every athlete has to quit drugs so that we become clean sport ambassadors. I saw when Likuena was in Cape Verde, Basotho supported the team so much and that showed that sports unify Basotho. Politicians and churches have failed; only sports are left to unify Basotho.”

Saturday’s LASA ceremony was the third since the awards were introduced in 2017.
The awards are meant to recognise the country’s best performing athletes over the previous calendar year and they also celebrate the excellence of other members of the sports world such as administrators and referees.
Chess star, Sechaba Khalema, was Saturday night’s biggest winner as he walked away with the coveted Sport Star of the Year while distance runner, Manqabang Tsibela, went home with the Junior Female Sportsperson of the Year.

Lesotho Sport and Recreation Commission (LSRC) president Moipone Mashale said Saturday night’s champions will now go up against winners from other Region 5 countries next month in Namibia.
On May 25 the AUSC Region 5 Regional Annual Sport Awards (RASA) will be held in Windhoek where the region’s best youth athletes will be crowned.
Phamotse said the LASA awards will continue to “celebrate people who worked hard during the course of the year and also encourage athletes to keep up their hard work.”

2019 LASA award winners:

Junior female sportsperson of the year with disability:
Hlompho Kete

Junior male sportsperson of the year with disability:

Mosiuoa Motsieloa

Junior female sportsperson of the year:
Manqabang Tsibela

Junior male sportsperson of the year:
Thebe Semoko

Newcomer of the year:
Thebe Semoko

Volunteer of the year:
Esther Semana

Administrator of the year:
Phoka Thesele

Umpire/Referee of the year:
Chakatsa Lephole

Coach of the year:
Nomazondo Seleteng

Sports school of the year:
Leqele High School

National federation of the year:
LePSSA (Lesotho Public Service Staff Association)

Sports team of the year:
Bantu FC

Sports woman of the year:
Lerato Sechele

Sports star of the year:
Sechaba Khalema

Sports Legacy Awards:
Vincet Rakabaele
Thulo Leboela
Refiloe Matšoara
Lekoane Lekoane
Patrick Andrews
Mokete Mokhosi

Nkheli Liphoto


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