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Lesotho rugby eyes world stage


Chris Theko

The Federation of Lesotho Rugby (FLR) has renewed its bid to secure membership to the World Rugby membership.

Having been founded in 2012, the federation only started striving to secure its membership thereto in 2014. 

FLR Secretary General LitÅ¡itso MotÅ¡eremeli confirmed that they have indeed refreshed their bid for membership into the world rugby governing body. 

“We only started applying for membership in 2014 but we have been struggling since then because we kept being told that our applications were being processed,” MotÅ¡eremeli said. 

“Until today, we don’t know what has really been the problem but we suspect that on the side of world rugby there are people who are not doing enough,” he said.

MotÅ¡eremeli said they decided to re-apply after engaging the Lesotho National Olympic Committee (LNOC) President Matlohang Moiloa Ramoqopo as she is also a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). 

“We were told to re-submit after approaching our LNOC president and we believe she had something to do with it.

“So far, we have already been told what is required following the submission of our application and that gives us hope this time around unlike in the past,” He said.

Minutes and reports from past annual general meetings are mentioned amongst others as the top requirements along with declarations on discrimination as well as declaration on child protection. 

The federation is also expected to have an active senior and development domestic leagues, a strategic plan and a registered constitution. 

FLR is also required to collect and submit all personal details and photos of everyone involved in the sport from development to the national team. 

MotÅ¡eremeli said so far they have put together all the required documents, certified them and must now file players’ information. 

MotÅ¡eremeli said due to sports being suspended currently it has not been an easy task putting together the document. 

“Due to activities being suspended because of Covid-19, it is hard to get the player all at once,” Motšeremeli said.

The success of the application, will see Lesotho rugby move from amateur level to the semi-professional level.  It will also mean Lesotho can qualify for annual development grants and MotÅ¡eremeli said this will then result in the growth of Lesotho rugby.   

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