Life­line for Mokhotho

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

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.

Moroke Mokhotho

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