LNOC shocks athletics association

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Maseru - Lesotho Amateur Athletic Association (LAAA) has described the Lesotho National Olympic Committee's (LNOC) response on the eligibility of Pati Mareka as one of the nominees for next weekend elections as shocking.

LAAA wrote to LNOC last week demanding to know why its nominee's name had been omitted from the nomination list.

The LNOC says Mareka's name was omitted because he is an employee of the ministry of gender and youth, sports and recreation and that the guidelines for the elections are against such.

This is the response the LAAA Public Relations Officer Sejanamane Maphathe described both as shocking and discriminatory promising that the LAAA would consult is its legal team to challenge it.

"We are not concerned if this has been practiced for sometime or not as we were not aware until when we contested the LNOC elections. We are shocked as it does not (even) appear on the constitution," he commented.

LNOC Chief Executive Officer Moshe Raleaka confirmed that Mareka as an employee of the minister would not stand for the elections to avoid a clash of interests.

LNOC has 26 member associations, which will vote on February 26 at Avani Lesotho in elections that come every four years, following the Olympic Games.

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