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By Pascalinah Kabi

MASERU — The Lesotho Volleyball Association (LVA) said the standard of volleyball in the country is declining due to lack of funds.

The association said that registered teams are finding it hard to reach venues for the matches as they use their personal resources.

The association has 16 male and 14 female teams on its register.

The association has four tournaments to select an overall winner of the year for male and female teams.

LVA started experiencing financial difficulties in 2007 when Redskins failed to represent the country at the Club Championship in Malawi.

Lerotholi Polytechnic (LP) however sponsored themselves and represented the country at that championship.

The association also failed to help Redskins financially when it represented Lesotho at the same competition last year in South Africa.

Lesotho won a bronze medal at the 2007 Club Championship in Malawi.

The association’s league is currently sponsored by Metropolitan Lesotho.

LVA general secretary William Nhlapho told the Lesotho Times that lack of funds for the association has hit hard the standard of volleyball in Lesotho.

“Lack of sponsorship (for LVA) contributes to slow development of volleyball in the country,” Nhlapho said.

He said most teams were finding it hard to attend all the matches during its four tournaments.

“Teams normally fail to reach venues where matches are being played,” he said.

“We hold four tournaments to determine the annual champion.”

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