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His Majesty King Letsie III has urged all athletes selected to represent the country at the Commonwealth Games to be held in Australia this year to prepare themselves through regular trainings in order to bring victory home.

His majesty was speaking during the Queen Mother Memorial Marathon held at Leshoboro Seeiso Sports Complex on Saturday. This is an annual event aimed to honour Queen Mother Mamohato Bereng Seeiso’s birthday.

He said it is only through regular trainings that athletes will be fit enough to challenge their counterparts from other countries at the Commonwealth Games.

He thanked the Government of Lesotho through the Ministry of Gender, Sports, Youth and Recreation, Lesotho Sports and Recreation Commission and other involved stakeholders for continuing to ensure support to the Royal Family in remembering Queen Mother in such a respectful manner.

His Majesty said through all the planned initiative, they have learned that all the involved stakeholders have interest in developing the activity as it is the first marathon to be organized in relation to the event, noting that the event usually was celebrated by horse racing activity and held on April 28.

Speaking at the same occasion the Minister in the Prime Minister's Office, Mr. Temeki Ts'olo congratulated ten athletes selected to represent the country at the Commonwealth Games and wished them all the success, further urging them to show the world that Lesotho has strong male and female athletes.

Mr. Ts'olo urged all athletes to participate at the mentioned international games to behave and have discipline at all times so that they will succeed, saying a player without discipline is going nowhere.

He however expressed dissatisfaction over low turn-up of members of the community at this huge important event, appealing to those involved in preparations to ensure that they invite the nation in time.

He said this event is very important in the history of the country as it marks the birthday of the hero Queen Mother 'Mamohato Bereng Seeiso and should be respected and considered as it is without any hindrance.

Also speaking was the Principal Secretary for the Ministry of Gender and Youth, Sports and Recreation, Mr. Tjoetsane Seoka who urged athletes to be committed in their training as they are entrusted to hold up country's flag at international level.

He confirmed that the ministry is currently working tirelessly to ensure fully support of the players as motivation so that they will also find a valid reason to represent the country as expected.

On the other hand, the Deputy President of the Lesotho Sports and Recreation Commission, Mr. Caswell Moru stressed the need for the organizers to inform schools’ management about such historical activities so that they will invite pupils for them to see country's famous athletes.

He said Mafeteng district is well known for best education and football results hence the need to involve young people so that they continue to contribute in all activities that will brightened their future, noting that sporting activities are important as they keep one's body healthy.

The late Queen Mother ‘Mamohato Bereng Seeiso was born on April 28, 1941 at Tebang in the Mafeteng district and died in 2003 while attending a retreat at Auray Catholic Mission at Mants’onyane in Thaba-Tseka.


Source: LENA 29/01/2018

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