Three dropped from Commonwealth squad
THE Lesotho National Olympic Committee (LNOC) has dropped three athletes from the team heading to the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Swimmer Moleboheng Lelia, Ernest Moraka (squash) and Matšeliso Chere (table tennis) will not be part of the Lesotho squad which leaves Maseru tomorrow morning for a training camp in Wales for further preparations ahead of the Commonwealth Games scheduled for 23 July to 3 August in Glasgow, Scotland.
The Commonwealth team’s head of delegation, Ntsibolane Letsatsi, yesterday told the Sunday Express that the trio had been dropped due to their unconvincing performances in the run-up to the Games.
“Unfortunately, following an assessment that was done on all our athletes who had been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Games, these three failed to meet the expected standards and have been left out of the touring party,” Letsatsi said.
“It was a painful decision which, however, had to be made based on the expectations of the coaches and all those involved in assessing the state of the athletes, and ensuring we send a winning team to Glasgow.”
Ntsibolane also said Lesotho’s 26-member squad checked into camp at the Lesotho Sun Hotel yesterday, with a send-off ceremony set for the same venue this evening. Star-sprinter Mosito Lehata, who is already in Europe and is based in Mauritius, is set to join the team in Wales.
“We will be holding a send-off ceremony at the Lesotho Sun Hotel on Sunday evening to unveil the team before it leaves for Wales on Monday,” said Ntsibolane.
“The athletes will take a bus to OR Tambo Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, from where they will fly to Wales in the evening of the same day.
“So far, everything has been going according to plan; we are happy with everything and feel that the athletes are in good condition to do the country proud at the multisport Games,” he said
The Commonwealth Games were first held in 1930 and have taken place every four years ever since, except 1942 and 1946, when the event was cancelled due to World War II.
The Commonwealth Games are described as the third largest multi-sport event in the world, after the Olympic Games and the Asian Games.