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Basketball association to mark Women’s Month in style

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Moorosi Tsiane

The Lesotho Basketball Association (LBA) is set to hold a two-day training camp for female players at the end of this month, as part of commemorating African Women’s Month.

At-least 30 teams which take part in the high schools and national league are expected to send players to the camp, scheduled for 30-31 August in Maseru.

An LBA official, Mathapelo Motšoane, told the Sunday Express that the camp seeks to teach the participants self-defence skills as part of commemorating Women’s Month, which is celebrated in August throughout the continent, to appreciate the role female members of society play in their respective communities.

“We have decided, as a committee, to hold a two-day camp during this Women’s Month to empower female basketball players on how they can defend themselves.

“The camp will be held either at the Girls Guides or CTC Hall and will be part of our celebrations to mark this month,” Motšoane said.

Motšoane further said preparations for the event are already underway to ensure the camp is a roaring success.

“We are hoping to stage a very successful event, so preparations are already underway. We have already sent our proposal to potential sponsors and all the basketball teams concerned.

“The LBA has been observing Women’s Month with a basketball competition for some time now, but we wanted to do something different this year since we already held a tournament in March. We also felt that some of the key elements in life have been overlooked, such as self-defence for women, which is why we decided to take this route by holding this camp.”

Motšoane also noted members of the Lesotho Defence Force and Lesotho Mounted Police Service are expected to offer special training to the participants.

“We are expecting all high schools teams affiliated with the LBA, as well as all the teams in our senior league, to participate in this event.

“Members of the army and police are expected to provide special training to the participants during the camp, so we are really excited about this development.”

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