Hundreds of people from local communities within Mekaling in Mohale's Hoek on Saturday converged at Holy Cross to celebrate the National Olympic day through various sporting activities.
Aug. 29, 2022
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Mekaling celebrates national Olympic day
Lits'itso Mots'eremeli, President of Lesotho Sports and Recreation Commission (LSRC)
- Members of the public urged to take part in various sports irrespective of their age
- Lesotho decided to celebrate the day in August instead of June 23 to avoid cold weather
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The day's activities kicked off with a 10km run from Seaka bridge to Holy Cross football ground. Tlotliso Nts'alla of Holy Cross high school came first in males category while Ms. Itholeleng Sefuthi of Morobong, got position one in female category.
Speaking during the celebration on behalf of the Principal Chief of Phamong, Chief Sekhonyana Bereng appealed to the authorities responsible for sports, to financially support athletes that represent the country regionally or globally as a form of motivation.
He appreciated the day's event where members of the public were made to participate in various sports to help keep them healthy and fit.
The District Administrator, Mr. Bahlakoana Ts'olo encouraged members of the public irrespective of their age and gender to always participate in sporting activities as a way to maintain healthy lifestyle.
He said that sports as an integral part of a healthy and fit lifestyle, had ability to bring together people of different beliefs whether religious or political.
On the same note, Director of Sports, Ms. Puisano Ts'osane said sports had the power to bring people together and contribute to solidarity and peace.
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President of Lesotho Sports and Recreation Commission (LSRC), Mr. Lits'itso Mots'eremeli called for support of all the sporting activities so that Basotho could become a healthy nation.
Interviewed members of the public expressed their appreciation about the day being celebrated in their area.
Mrs. Malerato Molise said the event had inspired them to live healthy and fit by always making simple exercises.
She added that introduction of table tennis and hand ball as sports that were not practiced in the area, would give adults and children more choice to engage in sports.
The day, according to Mrs. Mabokang Modandalaza, was intended to celebrate the Olympic day that is normally celebrated on June 23, though Lesotho shifted it to August as to allow participation in sports when it is no longer cold.
Meanwhile, presentation of food parcels to selected vulnerable scholars in the area, first 20 athletes that participated at the race and people with disability formed part of the day's activities.