LBA stages first tour­ney

Sunday Express - - SPORT -

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.”

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