LBA stages first tourney
THE recently elected Lesotho Boxing Association (LBA) committee held its first tournament yesterday evening at Makoanyane Barracks Hall.
LBA public relations officer Katiso Tšenoli earlier told the Sunday Express that this is one of many tournaments they would stage to assess their boxers and give them the much-needed exposure.
“We are a new committee that was elected last month so this is our first tournament to give all our boxers a chance to prove their worth in the ring,” Tšenoli said.
“It is an open tournament and we invited all the clubs affiliated to the association.
“It features children, male and female boxers.”
Tšenoli said they realised that the lack of adequate preparations through tournaments impacted negatively on the boxers’ performances on the international stage.
“We do not have the money but because we were aware that lack of competitions was the greatest barrier to our boxers’ international performances, we looked at other options including asking the Lesotho Defence Force for help.
“They have the necessary equipment for hosting tourna- ments and they agreed to assist us in staging the tournament at Makoanyane,” he said.
Tšenoli said gone were the days where the national team was selected on the basis of past achievements as boxers would have to earn their national callups on the strength of current form.
“This committee will do things differently and this time around, boxers will earn their place in the national team after performing well in tournaments that we will host.
“Last year we only staged one tournament and from there certain boxers represented the country in different tournaments. That was not good enough, so we want to give everyone a chance.”