OUT OF AFRICA; Lesotho Stars Based at Campus before the Commonwealth Games

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OUT OF AFRICA; Lesotho Stars Based at Campus before the Commonwealth Games


A NORTH Wales university will again play host to some of Africa's top athletes ahead of this year's Commonwealth Games.

Team Lesotho will live and train at Glyndw r University in Wrexham before the competition, which will be held in Glasgow this summer.

Up to 30 sportsmen and women will descend on North Wales, representing athletics, boxing, mountain biking, swimming, squash and table tennis.

Vice Chancellor Professor Michael Scott said he was "thrilled" to welcome back Team Lesotho after their successful stay in the town two years ago, when they were based at the university as they prepared for the London Olympics.

On that occasion, the athletes - three marathon runners, a 200m sprinter and a swimmer - stayed at Wrexham Village and trained on campus and at Queensway, Bangor-on-Dee Racecourse and Waterworld.

Prof Scott said: "We're really happy that Team Lesotho has chosen to return to Wrexham to train for the Games. Everyone is thrilled to have them back.

"When they were here for the 2012 Olympics they became part of the Glyndw r community and part of the fabric of life here at the university.

"Their enthusiasm and energy rubbed off on everyone and we consider them our friends.

"This part of Wales in particular has a very special relationship with Lesotho and the team's stay here strengthened that.

"I wish them good luck in their training and at the Commonwealth Games, where I'm sure they'll be very successful."

Welcoming the news, First Minister Carwyn Jones said the "excellent facilities" on offer prove that Wales belongs on the world stage.

He said: "I'm delighted Team Lesotho will return to Wales for training. "The recruitment of teams for pre-Game camp locations across Wales prior to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games showcased the excellent facilities we have on offer here and put us in the best possible position for consideration for future sporting events. …

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