MASERU — The Lesotho Swimming Association (LSA) says it will not lower its standards for the Shanghai 14th World Swimming Championship by sending unqualified swimmers.
Lesotho has been invited to send four swimmers to compete at the Shangai 14th World Swimming Championship to be held in China beginning July 14.
The country is however struggling to get two swimmers with the specified qualifying time in their respective categories of the championship.
Two male swimmers have already qualified for the games.
Lesotho swimmers performed dismally at the Commonwealth Games held in India last year, a failure the LSA blames on compromising qualifying standards.
LSA general secretary Mafotha Molibetsane told the Sunday Express only qualified swimmers would be sent to China to represent the country.
“We do not want to go and participate like we did during the Commonwealth Games but we want to compete this time around,” Molibetsane said.
“We are now identifying and preparing a team that we will be confident will bring medals from this championship.
“I have only two athletes (swimmers) who have already clocked the required time to compete at this tournament.
“We are however going to attend a gala at Lehakoe this weekend to scout for two more swimmers, preferable ladies because we have two boys who have already qualified.
“But if they (ladies) do not make the required time, it will be too bad because we are not going to compromise the standards,” Molibetsane said.