Volleyball association gets sponsor

Volleyball association gets sponsor

MASERU – The Lesotho Volley Association (LVA) has secured a heaven-sent sponsorship deal for the Volleyball Winter Tournament which is held every July at Lehakoe Recreational Centre. The M20 000 sponsorship from Khethollo Tsakatsi Japanese Car Importers was unveiled yesterday at the Lesotho Sport and Recreation Commission’s (LSRC) headquarters.

It is the first time the invitational tournament which also attracts foreign teams gets a sponsor. While it is unclear if the sponsorship deal will continue next year with main benefactor Tsakatsi saying any continued backing will depend on profits made this year, the backing is nevertheless a timely shot in the arm for local volleyball.

Until this year the LVA had been responsible for all costs – from prize monies to individual awards – of running the Volleyball Winter Tournament. The M20 000 funding will now go towards revamped team prizes. This year the winners in both the male and female categories will walk away with M5 000. The runners up will receive M3 000 while the third-placed teams will receive M2 000.

The tournament is scheduled for July 13, 14 and 15. “The winter tournament has been going on for a long time and it was happening without a sponsor,” LVA president Mpho Palime said at the unveiling of the Volleyball Winter Tournament’s sponsorship.

“Everything was done by LVA and (as a result) the prizes have not changed over the years,” she added.
“You will remember the winner (of the tournament) used to take home M2 500 but now we thank our sponsors Khethollo Tsakatsi Japanese Car Importers.

(Tsakatsi) is a volleyball person, he already knew what was happening and we hope other businesses will join in,” Palime said. For his part, Tsakatsi said he wants the Volleyball Winter Tournament to be unique from other LVA tournaments. He added that he wants local teams to gain more international exposure.

“I have always been a volleyball person and I felt we need to help grow volleyball in the country (because) we now have a hard-working committee,” Tsakatsi said. “The sponsorship is not only to motivate the players; it is also to give back to the community.”

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