Sello, Khereng off to Taiwan

Sello, Khereng off to Taiwan

Maseru – Rising talents Tšepang Sello and Khereng Khereng left for Taiwan on Tuesday to represent Lesotho at the Federation of International University Sport (FISU) Games.
Sello, a 2016 Olympian, will compete in the 800 metres event while Khereng will run the 100 and 200 metres races. Sello is a student at the University of Free State (UFS) while Khereng studies at the National University of Lesotho (NUL).

The FISU games, which will take place from August 19 to 30, are held every two years. Lesotho last competed in 2013 after missing out on the 2015 event due to a lack of funds.
Once again, finances have been a stumbling block this year.

According to acting president of the Lesotho Universities and Colleges Sport Association (LUCSA), Kolia Ramabele, the association wanted to send more athletes to the championships but could not because of a shortage of funds. He said only help from FISU’s Help Programme enabled LUCSA to send Sello and Khereng to the games.

Nevertheless, despite the less than ideal build-up, Ramabele was optimistic about the duo’s chances in Taipei City, the capital of Taiwan where the championships will be held.
“We are confident that they will do well and represent the country and we believe they will work hard,” he said. “We know it will not be easy. Some countries do not wait for the help we got, they are able to send more than 200 participants and that gives them a chance to win something. But we are not throwing in the towel,” Ramabele added.

“We all know Tšepang was in Rio Brazil representing the country in the Olympics and that will help her because lot of athletes that are taking part (at the FISU games) have not represented their countries internationally. This experience will also help (Sello and Khereng) get exposed to these international tournaments,” he said.
In 2013 in Russia, Lesotho was also represented by two athletes — boxer Thabo Molibeli and athlete Moleboheng Mafata.

Ramabele said LUCSA planned to add Olympic boxer Moroke Mokhotho to this year’s team but FISU’s help programme only accommodated two athletes.

Luciah Phahla

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