Continental recognition for Ntsibolane

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Mikia Kalati

LESOTHO National Olympic Committee (LNOC) vice secretary-general, Letsatsi Ntsibolane has been elected to the executive committee of the Association of African National Olympic Academies (AANOA) during elections that took place in Tunisia on Tuesday.

The 11-member committee will be in office for the next four years.

The AANOA website lists among its objectives, “the dissemination of the Olympic ideals and values in Africa, including through the development of Olympic education as well as the exchange of information, experience and expertise among African National Olympic Academies as well as those of other continents and all Olympic sports organisations”.

AANOA also seeks to promote sport and physical education, particularly through the training of human resources.

Speaking with the Lesotho Times from Tunisia, Ntsibolane said his election showed that Lesotho sport was moving in the right direction hence the recognition at continental level.

“It shows that the continent is aware of our good work hence we have their support,” said Ntsibolane who is also deputy president of the Lesotho Volleyball Association (LVA).

“This is a challenge for us as a country to work harder and inspire those that will come after us to follow in our footsteps.

“We have been hard at work since 2013 regarding the Olympic movement and this is the reward for it,” he said.

Ntsibolane said his election was a humbling experience which motivated him to work harder for the development of sport in Lesotho.

He said he beat his Tanzanian rival by 13 votes to eight to land the post in the committee as a member.

“I am very happy with this opportunity because I was the youngest in the LNOC committee against veterans as far as sports administration is concerned.

“That means we had done our assessment as a country during the campaign, but I can tell you that it was not easy at all,” he noted.

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