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Molapo appointed best Africa referee

Lesotho international taekwondo referee, Moshoeshoe Molapo

June 8, 2021 2 min read

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LESOTHO international taekwondo referee, Moshoeshoe Molapo, was awarded Africa Best Referee Accolade for the second time in history during the African Senior Championships held in Dakar, Senegal on June 5 and 6.

In an interview with Metro, the Lesotho Taekwondo Association Public Relations Officer, Sek’hok’he Molikoe, applauded Molapo for the success, adding that has truly raised the country’s flag high.

Molopo, 47, is also a first class referee in the sport, and one of the most decorated on the African continent.

He is one of Lesotho’s few First Class International Referees and has in turn produced five other international referees from Lesotho including the Lesotho Defence Force (LDF)’s Sergeant Mojapela ’Mefane who is now a Second Class International Referee.

The others include Kenang Letima, Lance Corporal Mokone Moahloli, retired Warrant Officer Likhama Leuta and retired Colonel Teboho Ramoepana. 

Sgt ’Mefane officiated the 2019 Manchester, United Kingdom World Taekwondo Championships.

Molapo is the second Mosotho to officiate at the Olympics Games after LDF’s Brigadier Naha Kolisang who debuted at the 2000 Sydney Olympics in Australia.  

He has so far officiated two Olympic Games as an International Technical Official/International Taekwondo Referee at the 2012 London Olympic Games in the UK and the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.

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He is the only Mosotho International Referee in all sporting activities to win Best World Referee Awards.

He won the first at the 2012 WTF World Taekwondo Team Cup and the second one at the WTF World Para-Taekwondo Games in the Caribbean Island of Aruba the same year.

He won another award at the 2016 1st African Para-Taekwondo Open in Agadir, Morocco and the African Junior Taekwondo Championship in Port Said, Egypt in the same year.


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