Top sports persons set for awards

Top sports persons set for awards

MASERU – The Lesotho Sport and Recreation Commission (LSRC) has announced the nominees for next month’s Lesotho Annual Sports Awards (LASA).

This year, the LASA ceremony is celebrating its third anniversary and will be held on April 6 at the Manthabiseng Convention Centre Auditorium.

Introduced in 2017, the awards are meant to recognise the country’s best performing athletes over the previous calendar year and celebrate the excellence of others involved in sports such as administrators and referees.

Some of the award categories are voted for by the public and this year LSRC has modified the schools’ category by breaking it into three sections – primary, secondary and tertiary – in order, it says, to provide fairness and transparency.

For the first time, there will also be a President’s Award which will be presented by LSRC president Khiba Mohoanyane to individuals who have “demonstrated courage and character in developing sport.”

The LSRC said the new award is to reward people who have “maintained an environment of selfless service and commitment to peace through sport as one universal language often in the face of special obstacles, and defy odds to achieve goals and contributing to the duty, mission and vision of LSRC.”

There are changes to the public voting process as well.
“Some of the categories that were voted for by the public last year will no longer be up for the public to decide because people were not voting and nominees had to dig into their pockets to vote for themselves,” said acting LSRC chief executive officer (CEO) Mofihli Makoele.

Makoele added that the LSRC has altered the ceremony’s format after complaints last year’s show dragged on too long.
“One of the things that will happen differently this year is that guests will eat before the awards ceremony kick-starts because last time people were complaining,” he said.

Speaking on Wednesday, Makoele also criticised local businesses for not showing enough interest in supporting the LASA awards.
“The response rate of associations is not satisfying. Some of our local businesses do not sponsor sports and they do not realise that they live through sports, that is why politicians do tournaments when days are dark,” he said.

“Next time, we will change the way we approach sponsors. If they do not listen we will then stop buying their things and we will also encourage Basotho to do so (as well),” Makoele added.

The main award of the LASA awards, as always, will be the Sports Star of the Year crown and it will be contested by a quartet of chess stars – Tokelo Klass and Theko Khanyapa, Sechaba Khalema and ‘Malehloa Likhomo – and two athletes – ‘Neheng Khatala and Lerato Sechele.
Bantu and their head coach James Madidilane are also up for awards after receiving nominations in the Sports Team and Coach of the Year categories.

The voting lines will open on Friday and the voting process will take place for two weeks via an SMS voting line.
Each SMS will cost M2.

Voted categories:

Sports Star of the Year

CM Tokelo Klass (SRY1)
Theko Khanyapa (SRY2)
Sechaba Khalema (SRY3)
‘Neheng Khatala (SRY4)
Lerato Sechele (SRY5)
‘Malehloa Likhomo (SRY6)

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