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Basketball body suspends operations

Teboho Molapo

MASERU — The Lesotho Basketball Association (LBA) has suspended all its operations with immediate effect, the Sunday Express has learnt.
This means the national basketball league which was scheduled to kick off in the next two weeks will not go ahead as planned.
LBA public relations officer, Palo Mohlotsane, confirmed this development this week.
He said the suspension of the LBA’s activities comes after a vote of no confidence was passed on the current executive two weeks ago.
All basketball activities have therefore been halted until a new executive is chosen at the association’s extraordinary meeting next Sunday.
“The league season was supposed to start soon but we have had to postpone it,” Mohlotsane told the Sunday Express.
“We are going to hold an extraordinary meeting on September 11 because a vote-of-no-confidence was passed on the LBA board,” he added.
“We can’t play. We have had to suspend all our activities.”
The current committee was only elected into office in March last year and still had three years to run.
The news of the suspension will come as a huge blow to basketball in Lesotho.
Last week the Top 8 tournament for schools wasn’t played because of the impasse.
Mohlotsane said the decrease in the membership of the LBA had caused disillusion among fans and sponsors.
Another problem was that the association’s events had also been disorganised.
“We are trying to restructure the game as a whole,” Mohlotsane said.
Mohlotsane added: “We haven’t met as a full committee since (we were elected into office) and it has adversely affected our operations. There are several reasons why, some of them are work-related.
“There are also things that were promised when the committee came into power that haven’t been delivered on.”

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