The Federation of Athletics Lesotho (FAL) has released a provisional list of athletes, coaches and a team manager in its quest to prepare for the Tokyo Olympic games set for later this year.
The list which has 13 males and eight females has the federation’s treasurer Moiloa Letsema as the team’s manager and has already been submitted to the Lesotho national Olympic Committee (LNOC).
The male contingent of the athletes comprises of: Letsekang Sekonyela, Ramolefi Motsieloa, Mojela Koneshe, Toka Badboy, Mthimkhulu Hatasi, Phomolo Lekhooana, Mosito Lehata, Khoarahlane Seutloali, Kabelo Lesia, Motlokoa Nkhabutlane, Teballo Ramakongoana, Teboho Noosi and Lebenya Nkoka.
While on the other hand the females include: ‘Neheng Khatala, Mokulubete Makatisi, Tšepang Sello, Lerato Sechele, Lineo Chaka, ‘Makampong Letsie, ‘Mamakoli Senauoane and Ntebaleng Letšela.
On the coaches, the long list is made up of Tumisang Leoisa, Khauta Makhoana, Thabelo Ranthona, Tumelo Chesetsi, Teboho Mokhethi, Pati Mareka, Kokolia Mokonyana, Telang Andries, ‘Mamokhele Mokhele, Selloane Tšoaeli and Mokete Mpomane.
Confirming the details of the lengthy list, FAL Public Relations Officer Nkoeme Makhalemele, said on it they already have about five athletes who have qualified for the African Championships.
The African Athletics Championships set to take place in Algiers, Algeria were postponed until 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Originally the games were scheduled for June 24 to 28 2020 but will now take place between May and June this year during dates yet to be confirmed.
“On that list we have about five athletes that have already qualified for the African championships so those are the ones who stand a good chance to qualify for the Olympics,” Makhalemele said.
Amongst those that have already qualified is Khatala who secured the spot during the Kwazulu Natal championships last month in South Africa.
“We have already met with them and discussed what kind of assistance they would need from the association to make things easy for them on their journey to qualifying. Now the real work shall begin,” he said.
He added that the federation is looking forward to staging some domestic competitions for different disciplines beginning this month.
As part of final stages of preparations and in a view to make the final list, there will be track tournaments for all athletes between April 24 and May 8, 2021. Then on May 29 they shall be hosting a national championship to make the final selection.
He added that with the limited time they now have before the Tokyo Olympic Games, they will be working hard and are committed to assisting the athletes to attend qualifying events in South Africa to improve their times.
Out of the 12 coaches on the long list, only two shall make it to the final list which he said will be made by the FAL coaches’ commission.