Box­ers take Rio preps to Cuba

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

Box­ers Moroke Mokhotho and Inku­l­uleko sun­tele, who will rep­re­sent the coun­try at next month’s olympic Games in Brazil, have started a month-long train­ing camp in Cuba.

The fight­ers and their coach, Sibu­siso Keketsi, ar­rived on Cuba on sun­day and are shar­ing the same train­ing camp with the egyp­tian boxing team, which is also pre­par­ing for the rio olympics set for 5-21 Au­gust.

Le­sotho Ama­teur Boxing As­so­ci­a­tion (LABA) pres­i­dent, Takatso ra­makhula, this week told the Le­sotho Times that Cuba had al­ways been their pre­ferred venue for train­ing ahead of the Games.

“I should first thank the Le­sotho Na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee (LNOC) for grant­ing us our wish and tak­ing the two box­ers to Cuba for their train­ing camp,” ra­makhula said.

“Cuba is a pow­er­house in open boxing, which is why even a big coun­try like egypt has taken its box­ers there.

“We might not have been granted the train­ing cen­tre we wanted, but even the one we have is top­class when it comes to fa­cil­i­ties.”

ra­makhula said the cen­tre was rec­om­mended by one of their for­mer coaches from Cuba who will as­sist Mokhotho and sun­tele get bouts against lo­cal box­ers.

“What is im­por­tant is our box­ers will be spar­ring against their Cuban and egyp­tian coun­ter­parts.

“Com­pet­ing against box­ers from the two coun­tries will be very help­ful be­cause like I said, these are na­tions renowned for their box­ers.

“We know Mokhotho is a hard­work­ing boxer hence he man­aged to win sil­ver in the last two edi­tions of the All-africa Games.

“But he needed good prepa­ra­tions be­fore the olympics and I be­lieve be­ing in Cuba will work well for him while sun­tele is an ex­tremely tal­ented boxer who only needs to spar against top fight­ers be­fore he gets to Brazil.”

In ad­di­tion to the two box­ers, Le­sotho will be send­ing run­ners Mos­ito Le­hata, Nomakoe Nkhasi, Lebenya Nkoka and Tšepo Mathi­belle and cy­clist Monese Phethetso to the olympics.

Le­sotho has never won a medal at the Games.

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