“I assure you that if ever these games fail, I will hand over my resignation letter to the Honourable Prime Minister Thomas Thabane with immediate effect,” a confident Dr Phamotse publicly declared. The sports minister made this chilling remark at the Bambatha Sports Area, in Maseru this week, at the welcoming ceremony of her new deputy Mr Kose Makoa.
The minister pointed out that as policy directors of the sports ministry they were faced with the challenge of developing sports in the country “especially at the international level. And I can proudly assure you of the success of the forthcoming AUSC Region 5 2020 Games.” Dr Phamotse thanked the prime minister for providing her with someone to work with in a ministry she said was under pressure to elevate the performance in the various sports codes in the country.
The actual announcement of the hosting of the games was made by the sports ministry in October 2017, but there has been no visible infrastructural development to date – and the question remains if Lesotho will not be stripped of the rights to host the games. In August, Prime Minister Thomas Thabane led officials on a sod turning event in Lepereng, Maseru, where a world-class sports arena is expected to be constructed.