elite athletes to assist with sports development
Lesotho has called for professional athletes to
train in their mountainous terrain to help with the
Prince Seeiso thinks Lesotho offers the ideal
environment for high-altitude training.
He is confident the landlocked African nation can
attract the elite names.
"The terrain creates an opportunity that we need to
exploit and sell to the rest of the world," he told
BBC World Service.
"We are sitting at 2,000m towards 3,500m and that
creates an opportunity, not only for the domestic
and indigenous athlete, but it also creates a market
for international athletes to come and train in
Lesotho is ranked 162nd out of 187 countries on the
United Nations Human Development Index, which
measures the quality of life a country has in terms
of education, life expectancy and income.
However, Prince Seeiso is concerned that the current
political situation in the nation may repel
potential investors for his youthful sporting
In August 2014, Prime Minister Motsoahae Thomas
Thabane fled to neighbours South Africa after the
military staged a coup at his residence and police
"It is very frustrating when at the top level, there
is a standoff that has an impact on the rest of
society and how Lesotho is being perceived," he
explained to BBC Sportshour.
"Under a current and unfortunate political standoff,
it becomes increasingly difficult to find partners
to come into Lesotho and invest in the youth and
future of Lesotho.
"Unless we can make the imagination of youngsters
move away from destructive behaviour, remove them
away from drugs, so that in the next 20 years we
have a young, healthy society that is productive and
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