Lesotho Basketball Association (LBA) Women-in-Sports Director, Malehloa Thulo, says fireworks are expected in this year’s ladies tournament scheduled for 19 March at Lehakoe Courts.
According to Thulo, this annual tourney is aimed at increasing the level of competition among ladies’ basketball teams in both the national and high school leagues.
“We are expecting all teams from our high school and national leagues to take part in the tournament, with last year’s winners, Methodist High School and Bokamoso, coming to defend their title,” Thulo said.
Thulo also said the association decided to hold the tournament this month as part of celebrating International Women’s Day. International Women’s Day is celebrated on 8 March every year as a show of respect, appreciation, and love towards women.
“The world will be celebrating women’s day on Tuesday (8 March) and that is why we decided to hold this tournament this month to join the commemorations,” she said.
“This tournament is also our strategy of attracting more women into basketball. The more players we have, the higher the level of competition is going to get.”
Thulo also said LBA wanted to join the rest of the world in fighting for equal treatment of all human beings regardless of their gender, hence the upcoming tournament.
“There are too many male tournaments in our leagues and as LBA, through my office as Director of Women in Sports, we are trying to strike a balance between female and male competitions in our leagues,” she added.
However, Thulo called on the business sector to come forward and support their initiative.
“The winners usually get medals and a floating trophy but I don’t think that is enough so this year, we have approached the corporate world as we would want to have prizes for the participants.”