Raletooane bemoans suspension of sports

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Leemisa Thuseho

LESOTHO’S Under-20 men’s volleyball coach, Tšepo Raletooane, says the prevailing sports suspension of sporting activities is deterring their preparations for the upcoming African Union Sport Council (AUSC) Region 5 Youth Games.

Postponed last year on the back of the Covid-19 pandemic, the games will be held in Maseru from 3 to 12 December 2021.

The government indefinitely postponed all contact sports last month on account of the rapid spread of Covid-19 cases.

Speaking to the Lesotho Times this week, Raletooane said they already had a provisional team which was already training but they have had to halt the preparations in line with the regulations.

“Nothing is happening at the moment due to the sports activities suspension,” Raletooane said.

“Before the suspension, our preparations were on track and we already had our provisional squad.”

They had also been hoping to use the schools’ winter break to host a mini-camp but that too has failed.

The games are only three months away and Raletooane is concerned that they running out of time. However, he believes that if the suspension is lifted sometime in September, they can make use of the remaining time.

Raletooane said working with players remotely was challenging because it is difficult to monitor them. He however, gave them training programmes.

Despite the challenges, Raletooane said they have already done a lot of preparatory before the suspension was effected. They also hopping to host a camp in October, during the Independence holidays.

The team currently has 22 players who will later be trimmed to 12.

The AUSC Games will see 10 AUSC member countries competing in athletics, boxing, basketball, gymnastics, netball, football, judo, tennis, swimming, taekwondo and volleyball.

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