It’s a family affair at Tokyo Olympics

It’s a family affair at Tokyo Olympics

MASERU – The 2020 Tokyo Olympics will officially start on Friday but the two Lesotho representatives will leave the country on Tuesday next week to Japan.
Khoarahlane Seutloali and his wife ‘Neheng Khatala were given an official send off on Friday where the Minister of Sports Likeleli Tampane was in attendance.

It is the first time Lesotho will be represented by a couple and Seutloali told thepost yesterday that he has been readying himself for this moment for nearly two years now after sealing his qualification way back in 2019 but had to wait.
The Covid-19 pandemic put a stop to everything and major sporting events that were supposed to be held a year ago were postponed to this year, and finally Seutloali is set to have his moment.
He says it is even better he is sharing the stage with his wife who booked her spot last month in Cape Town.

If the Olympics were held last year, Seutloali would have likely been the only representative but he says even in the face of something bad there is always something good.
This is because he had been struggling with a muscle injury and if the games were not postponed, he would not have been able to go under the knife. However, with the games no longer taking place last year he decided it was time to do an operation and took his time to heal and now he is fully fit and ready for action.

“Of course as an athlete the goal is to always do better, clock better times and if there is an opportunity for a medal go for it. It would be nice to win a medal for your country when you can,” he said.
“I am happy to be going with her (my wife). It means a lot; we have been training and preparing, we have to be ready. But it is also a pressure situation for us to show we are there to compete and represent the country,” he said.
He said training and positivity has kept him motivated since 2019 and he is now physically ready for a battle.

At the send-off ceremony, Lesotho Sport and Recreation Commission (LSRC) president Jobo Rasoko said the athletes will definitely bring medals for Lesotho.
They will not be the only ones, Lesotho’s highly rated assistant referee Souru Phatšoane will be officiating in the football matches after he was appointed by FIFA. The football games started yesterday while the women’s teams and men’s teams will be in action starting today.

Tlalane Phahla

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