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Aug. 12, 2021

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LNOC, LSRC jointly suspend taekwondo body

LNOC, LSRC jointly suspend taekwondo body

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THE Lesotho Taekwondo Association (LTA)’s affiliation to both the Lesotho National Olympics Committee (LNOC) and the Lesotho Sport and Recreation Commission (LSRC) has been suspended, following a long-running internal wrangling that led to a court case related to the holding of its annual elective assembly.

“LNOC and LSRC joint legal team has informed the LNOC executive committee that they have exhausted all forms of assistance to the Lesotho Taekwondo Association to facilitate an executive Annual General Meeting.

“It is in this regard that the LNOC executive board at its seating of July 6, resolved to suspend the LTA administration as of July 7 until a new LTA committee is in place. The LNOC will be responsible for LTA athletes and the LNOC shall not assist the LTA administrative body and the LNOC will also consider only the communication of the LTA Elective Annual General Meeting,” the LNOC Chief Executive Officer, ’Mathato Makhorole said in a letter to the LTA Secretary General, on Thursday August 5.

The LTA also issued a press statement on Monday informing its members and the public about its suspension from aforementioned mother bodies.

“LTA is put under suspension after one member of the LNOC who was contesting for presidential position took the association to the courts of law which contravenes provisions of the LNOC constitution. Further to this, LNOC, LSRC and LTA are still defendants in the High Court of Lesotho where one LTA member has sued the trio.

“The two stipulated in the letter that they will now work with athletes directly. The LTA is dismayed by this act when LNOC elections are just imminent. The association is working tirelessly to bring back the sport to where it used to be and we hope honesty and fairness shall prevail from our mother bodies,” LTA Vice Secretary, Relebohile Moletsane said in a statement.

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The LTA elective AGM, which was initially scheduled for February 2020 was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the association prepared to hold the conference in November 2020 but failed after the Khubetsoana, Sefika and Maseru Day clubs filed an urgent application in the High Court, stopping the elections and requesting the court to interdict the LTA from inviting some clubs that were allegedly not members of the LTA to the AGM.

In December, the High Court in delivering its judgment ordered the LTA to prepare a new list of clubs and prepare for elections as per its constitution.

The LTA prepared a new list and set the elections for March which also failed after the LNOC directed them to withhold the polls due to some administrative matters.

In April, while many believed that the elections would finally take off, another club, Lithabaneng, filed an urgent application in the High Court after the club had been excluded from the new list.

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