Lifeline for Mokhotho
Lesotho boxing’s golden boy, Moroke Mokhotho, has been spared another qualification tournament for the 2016 olympics after replacing a south African who pulled out of the Games to be held in Brazil in August this year.
According to Lesotho Amateur Boxing Association president takatso Ramakhula, the message was relayed on Monday by the International Amateur Boxing Association, throwing a lifeline for the boxer who was in danger of missing out on the event.
the 2011 and 2015 All-africa Games silver medalist was supposed to compete in another Olympic qualifier in Kazakhstan next month after failing to make it to the Games during a tournament held in Cameroon in March this year.
his fellow boxer, Inkululeko suntele, had qualified for the Brazil tournament in March, but the association was determined to ensure he made it to the olympics, hence Ramakhula’s excitement with the turn of events.
“We were informed the south Africans withdrew one of their boxers from the competition and that opportunity has since been handed to Mokhotho who slightly missed qualification in Cameroon in March,” Ramakhula said.
“he was supposed to go to a qualifying competition next month in Kazakhstan, but now that he has qualified, there is no need for that anymore and we need to revise our programme so he focuses on the olympics.”
Ramakhula further said the highest achievement for any athlete is to represent his or her country at the olympics and is grateful Mokhothu finally has that chance because of his immense potential.
“I received the letter on Monday telling us that we will now have two boxers at the olympics after the duo’s outstanding displays in Cameroon.
“I’m very proud of the two boys because they have worked hard to be where they are today,” he said.
Ramakhula further said the focus would now be on preparing the boxers well for the big tournament and he would love to see them camping in Cuba ahead of the multisport tournament set for Rio de Janeiro from 5-21 August.
“there is going ng to be a tournament in Cuba ahead of thehe olympics and I think it would be the idealal preparation for the boxers, but that will depend on the availability of funds,” Ramakhulahula said.
“We have handedded over everything to the Lesotho national olympic Committee as far as these boys’ preparations reparations are concerned and we know theyey will do their best to prepare them.”
Mokhotho and suntele will be training under thehe watchful eye of Sibusiso Keketsi, who was their coach oach for the Cameroon event. ent.