Sport Awards set for March

Sport Awards set for March

Maseru – The Lesotho Sport and Recreation Commission (LSRC) has announced it will host the next edition of the Lesotho Annual Sport Awards (LASA) in March 2018. The LSRC made its announcement on Monday during a ceremony to award cash prizes to the winners from this year’s inaugural awards which were held in April.

The LSRC also used the occasion to unveil a new motto for the LASA awards – “re se re le teng” – as well as a new branding strategy.
Speaking on Monday, LSRC development manager Mofihli Makoele said the commission’s increased focus on marketing was inspired by visits to foreign countries and events such as last December’s African Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region 5 Under-20 Youth Games held in Luanda, Angola.
The branding drive will be backed by Brand It which has also pledged to support next year’s LASA awards.
Makoele said from now on the LSRC will be visible at all events it is a part of.

“When we went to games like last year at the regional (AUSC) games (in December) other countries were visible and we became jealous,” he said.
“We told ourselves that we also have to improve our branding and be visible and this is what we have been working on.”
Monday also saw Lesotho and Bloemfontein Celtic women’s captain Boitumelo Rabale receive her M1 352 prize for winning the first-ever LASA Sports Star of the Year accolade which was voted for by the public. Nomination forms for next year’s awards are already available with

January 12 set as the deadline to nominate candidates while tickets are already on sale. The ceremony at the LSRC’s headquarters also saw the medallists from last December’s AUSC games in Angola receive cash rewards. The biggest winners were middle distance runners Badboy Toka and Manqabang Tsibela who both went home with M10 000 for winning two gold medals at the regional youth showpiece.

Toka’s victories in Angola came in the men’s 3000 and 5000 metres while Tsibela won gold medals in the women’s 3000 and 1500 metres.
Other big winners were Tšepang Sello and Tšepang Maqaleha who took home M8000 for winning silver and gold medals while Bolae Lekoetje and Khotso Mojaki – who competed in the visually impaired athletes category – received M3000 and M1500 respectively for winning silver and bronze medals.

The cash rewards were rounded out by the boxing trio of Thabiso Ranthamane, Tlholohelo Mokhesi and Mohau Tsie who each got M1500 for winning bronze medals.

Luciah Phahla

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