Box­ers pre­pare for Olympic qual­i­fier

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

four lo­cal box­ers are on a week­long train­ing camp in South Africa pre­par­ing for next month’s Olympic qual­i­fier set for cameroon.

The fight­ers are Moroke Mokhotho, Nku­l­uleko Sun­tele, Qho­bosheane Mohlerephe and Tšepo Le­poqo. Mokhotho won bronze medals at the 2011and 2015 All-africa Games.

Ac­cord­ing to Le­sotho Am­a­teur Box­ing As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Takatso Ra­makhutla, the in­ten­sive train­ing seeks to en­sure the pugilists qual­ify for the Olympic Games sched­uled for Brazil later this year.

Ra­makhula fur­ther said the Port el­iz­a­beth camp is be­ing spon­sored by the Le­sotho Na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee (LNOC).

“The four box­ers left the coun­try on Sun­day and are on a one-week train­ing camp in Port el­iz­a­beth. They are us­ing the train­ing to fine-tune prepa­ra­tions for an Olympic qual­i­fy­ing tour­na­ment set for cameroon from 6 March,” Ra­makhula said.

“The team is un­der the men­tor­ship of one of our coaches, Sibu­siso Keketsi, who re­cently re­turned from Korea where he com­pleted a Mas­ter’s de­gree in sports man­age­ment.

“The train­ing camp came at the right time for us and we are con­fi­dent that it will help the boys get in shape for the big com­pe­ti­tion as they are also train­ing with South Africans.”

Ra­makhula noted the camp would not have suc­ceeded with­out the LNOC.

“I made a pro­posal to the LNOC and luck­ily for us, it was ap­proved and the boys are now hard at work in a bid to book places at the Rio de Janeiro Games,” said Ra­makhula

“To be re­al­is­tic, i think Mokhotho has a very good chance of qual­i­fy­ing for the Olym- pics. He has been very dom­i­nant in his divi­sion and is our top boxer. But the whole team is de­ter­mined to suc­ceed, which gives us hope that they will fly the coun­try’s flag high in cameroon.

“All in all we are thank­ful to the LNOC for mak­ing it pos­si­ble for our boys to go on this camp in South Africa and pre­pare for the im­por­tant tour­na­ment.”

Le­sotho head-of-del­e­ga­tion to the Olympic Games and LNOC ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­ber, Let­satsi Nt­si­bolane, told the Le­sotho Times: “it is our duty to make sure that we as­sist where as­so­ci­a­tions are com­ing short.

“it is also worth not­ing that two of th­ese box­ers, Mokhotho and Sun­tele, are in our Olympic Sol­idary Schol­ar­ship Pro­gramme, so we are obliged to as­sist them.”

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