AUSC offers scholarships for local athletes
THE Africa Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region 5 has tasked the Lesotho Sport and Recreation Commission (LSRC) to identify four athletes who will attend a quarterly camp at the High-Performance Training Center in Pretoria, South Africa.
This was announced by the AUSC Region 5 chief executive officer, Stanley Mutoya, during his visit to the country where he led a delegation that is assessing the country’s progress as the hosts of the 2020 edition for the games.
The AUSC delegation met with different stakeholders for two days until last Thursday in the build up to the games.
Mutoya said the LSRC has to identify the athletes that have great potential so that they can benefit from the camp.
He said there was a need for the region to improve as its previous performance at the recent Commonwealth Games where only three countries managed to get medals. He said the High-Performance facility would come in handy to improve Lesotho’s performance at the next games.
“We are striving to ensure that our athletes grow instead of a situation where we only South Africa, Botswana and Namibia managed to get medals at the Commonwealth Games,” Mutoya said.
“It shows that we still have lot to do and the podium performance programme where we will take athletes from different countries in our region for trainings is the starting point.
“We need to love and cherish our own and it has to start by appreciating the talent that we have.”
He said participating countries also need to start market the AUSC Games as they are a fertile platform for talent identification.
This year’s biennial games will be held in Botswana in December with all the 10-member countries expected to send their representatives in different sporting disciplines.
Mutoya added that they also have among others, a Women in Leadership programme that will run for eight months with 20 participants from all the member countries to empower them and increase their numbers in sports administration.
“We have reached a period where we think it is not enough that most of the time men dominate in sports administration simply because there are no capable women for such positions,” Mutoya said.