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LFW suffers blow

Moorosi Tsiane

LESOTHO’S Weightlifting Federation (LWF) has suffered a blow as its four-member team has been pulled out of the Lesotho squad which will compete at the upcoming Africa Union Sports Council (AUSC) Games scheduled for Botswana in December.

The LWF public relations officer, Annah Shale, told this newspaper recently that the Lesotho Sport and Recreation Commission (LSRC) told them that they had to pull their team out due to budgetary constraints.

“We had selected four athletes who were supposed to travel to Botswana in December but unfortunately the latest communication from the sports commission was that we have been dropped out of the team due to their tight budget,” Shale said.

However, Shale said they are still on their mission to ensure the growth of weightlifting in the country and they yesterday held their annual competition at the Hlotse Thakaneng Youth Center which saw athletes from six clubs from across the country participating.

“Life has to go on and also we have our own mandate as a federation which is to see that the sport grows in the country. To that effect, we have a tournament on the 20th of October (yesterday) where weightlifters from six different clubs will participate.

“Males will be competing in the 49kg, 55kg, 62kg, 67kg, 73kg, 81kg, 89kg, 96kg, and +102kg categories. Females will be competing in the 40kg, 45kg, 49kg, 55kg, 59kg, 64kg, 71kg, and +81kg while kids will be competing in 30kg and 35 kg.

“We use the annual tournament to keep our athletes active and try to help them to always stay ready in case we get invitations for competitions outside the county,” Shale said.

LWF also held their annual general meeting yesterday where their secretary general, treasure and technical team tabled their reports for the 2018/19 season.

Shale said weightlifting has been showing some positive strides since its inception in 2006.

“I must say that we are slowly seeing the light because the sport has since expanded to other districts in the country which are Quthing, Mohale’s Hoek and Leribe while at first it was only in Maseru,” She said.

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