Newly elected Lesotho National Olympic Committee (LNOC) President, Tlali Rampoona says it is not going to be an easy task to fill-in the shoes of his predecessor, ‘Matlohang Moiloa-Ramoqopo whom he described as a great leader and visionary.
Rampooana won the recent LNOC elections by a landslide victory over his challenger, Khiba Mohoanyane during the XXI LNOC Annual General Meeting Elective Conference that was held in Maseru on Sunday.
The incoming president who is not in unfamiliar territory as he served the committee for the past 16 years as Vice President, garnered a total of 37 votes against Mohoanyane’s 13.
He said working under Moiloa-Ramoqopo was a blessing as he learned a lot from her, describing her as a hard worker who always put the interests of Basotho over hers.
“She is dedicated to serving her country and always goes all out to achieve her set goals,” he said.
He promised to always rely on her counsel in future even though he would do things a bit differently from her.
The new LNOC President indicated that one of his biggest tasks is to ready up team Lesotho for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
“We used to have an eight-year strategic plan which was, however disrupted by the COVID-19 outbreak. But we need to immediately meet and map a way-forward, where we will have to double our efforts in order to realise our goals,” he said.
The new committee he said, consists of dedicated people who are sure to push all its projects forward.
“The elections were conducted in an organised manner which shows that Basotho now understand that elections are only a platform where people express different views on who to lead them,” he said.
The other members of the new committee include Letsatsi Ntsibolane as Vice President Administration, Dr Lebohang Khomari as Vice President Finance, while the Treasurer is Thabo Tikoe with the Public Relations Officer portfolio taken by Fetang Selialia whence members are ‘Makutloano Kheola, ‘Mabokang Mdandalaza and ‘Mamotšabi Lekhabunyane.
Meanwhile, the media was barred from covering the proceedings of the Annual General Meeting as the acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the LNOC ‘Mathato Makhorole wrote to the media notifying them of the decision to limit them during some parts of the AGM.
“According to the constitution of the LNOC, the Annual General Meeting is only for the members. We wish to remind you that the constitutional arrangement is not meant to limit your organization to the AGM but to respect the LNOC membership and its constitutional right in terms of their annual general meetings conduct,” she said in the note.
This came as a surprise to the media as it was the first time the public’s watchdog was barred from the LNOC AGM. And the real reason why this was the case is yet to be exposed.