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Cougars pull out of Xpress Awards

Moorosi Tsiane

FOLLOWING Lesotho Volleyball Association (LVA’s) announcement that it was distancing itself from the Sports Xpress Awards, youth studded OlympAfrica Cougars has also pulled put.

The Lepereng outfit had been nominated in the development team of the year category.

However, Cougars coach Khotso Mahloko this weekend said there was no need to continue accepting their nomination when their mother body was distancing itself from the awards.

“LVA wrote to all its affiliates distancing itself from the awards,” Mahloko said.

“The reasoning is that the LVA was never consulted and whoever made the nominations might have done so without the full statistics as no one ever asked for such information.”

Mahloko said this left his team vey demotivated.

“Our team is made up of young girls and the fact that we had to pull out of the awards didn’t sit well with them. It is already challenging to get girls to play, especially for team sports and this kind of development makes life difficult as they lose hope.”

Meanwhile, the LVA said it was aware of social media posts regarding the awards. In a statement this weekend, the LVA distanced itself from the awards and the nominations.

“The committee acknowledges that the awarding of best performance in sports is good and we normally support such initiatives. However, it should be done based on applicable statistics.

“The committee has contacted the authorities responsible for the said awards to withdraw the LVA from this current cycle. The committee will then take initiative to have readily available official statistics in future for such activities once games are allowed to resume,” reads the LVA’s letter.

LVA spokesperson Hlapane Tshehlo confirmed to the Sunday Express this weekend that they are not part of such of the awards.

“One of the things under good governance is that there should be fairness and transparency. We feel that is not the case with the awards as we were never consulted when we are the ones with the statistics that determine who teams have been faring.

“We are not against the awards. However, we are saying our affiliates should know that we are not part of the event. We have tried to reach out to the organisers and they said they would get back to us, so we are still waiting for them to do so,” Tshehlo said.

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