In an interview with Metro, the spokesperson of the Federation of Lesotho Rugby (FLR), Morapeli Motaung, said the team left the country on Thursday ahead of the tourney that commenced on Saturday and ended on Sunday. Motaung said the trip was financially backed by the Lesotho National Olympic Committee (LNOC) through the Olympic Solidarity.
“Due to the unfortunate state of funds within the LSRC at the moment, we were lucky that there is still funding coming from Olympic Solidarity,” he said, revealing that they were still on the lookout for further injection of finances to jerk them up.Financial assistance from Olympic Solidarity and the FLR dates back to 2016 when the sevens rugby was launched, a growing section of the sport since then.
Motaung revealed that the sponsorship was for three years initially with the option of performance-based renewal. “The sponsorship was renewed for a year in the past year and it might be renewed again depending on how we preform,” he explained. “The current situation of a financial crisis that has besieged the Lesotho Sports and Recreation Commission (LSRC) hinders some of our preparatory activities as federations in the country.