MASERU — Students from six schools in Maseru will on Wednesday take part in a Mini-Olympic Games at Bambatha Tsita Sports Arena to promote the spirit of the Olympics.
The Olympic Games are set to run from July 27 to August 12 in London.
The Lesotho National Olympic Committee (LNOC) London 2012 project coordinator, Tebello Mokupo, said the purpose of the event is to give students a feel of the spirit of the Olympics.
“The purpose is to spread the spirit of the Olympic Games among our youth. This will be done by involving both able and disabled persons in sporting activities that encompass the dissemination of life skills like HIV/Aids, communication skills as well as leadership skills,” Mokupo said.
The students have been drawn from Itekeng Primary School, Hoohlo Primary School, Hermann Gmiener Primary School, ‘Mabathoana High School, Lesotho High School and the Resource Centre for the Blind.
Mokupo said the Mini-Olympic Games will also be used as a tool to challenge the participating students to aspire to compete in the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.
“We want them to have a feel of what the Olympics are and encourage them to take regular part in sports as well as to encourage them to aspire to represent Lesotho in major sporting events such as the Olympic Games,” he said.
He however said there will be no prizes for competing students as the idea is to ensure that “students have fun”.
He said the sporting activities will include athletics and soccer.
He said LNOC had patterned with Skillshare International Lesotho to organise these games for the students.
Athletes Jobo Khatoane, Tsepo Ramonene, Motlokoa Nkhabutlane and Tiisetso Ramokheseng as well as swimmer ’Masempe Theko will compete at the Olympic Games next month.