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Taekwondo team gears for world champions

Pascalinah Kabi

MASERU — The Lesotho Taekwondo Association (LAT) says it will use next month’s world championships to prepare for the All Africa Games scheduled for Mozambique in September.

Lesotho will be represented by Liau Molikoe in Bantam Weight and Marumo Moloisane in Fin Weight at the World Taekwondo Championship in Korea from May 1 to May 7.

LAT public relations officer Mojapela Mefane who will be part of the team as manager confirmed these developments with the Sunday Express on Thursday.

“The two athletes, coach Likeleli Thamae and myself will be leaving on April 25 (tomorrow),” Mefane said.

“The World Taekwondo Championship is compulsory hence we will be using it to prepare for the All Africa Games in Maputo, Mozambique in September,” he said.

The two athletes started training a few weeks ago.

“We’ve already started camping even though it is not a residential one because of financial problems,” Mefane said.

“Besides the financial woes, one of the two athletes is a student and needed to concentrate on his classes.”

Mefane said they were forced to take part despite their financial problems because they faced a ban if they failed to do so.

“It is a compulsory championship and if a county does not compete, the World Taekwondo Federation bans it and cease funding it,” he said.

Mefane said the trip to South Korea is being funded by the Lesotho Sports and Recreation Commission, together with Lesotho National Olympic Committee.

Lesotho’s participation in the tournament would benefit the team in the long run because they will get both financial and facilities assistance from the World Taekwondo Federation.

Mefane added that the team to represent the country in Mozambique for the All Africa Games has already started training on Saturdays and Sundays.

“The 18-man team, including the two who are leaving tomorrow, has already started compulsory training sessions on Saturdays and Sundays,” he said.

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