Box­ing tour­ney prom­ises fire­works

Sunday Express - - SPORT - Moorosi Tsiane

FANS of box­ing should ex­pect fire­works when lo­cal box­ers trade leather at Makoanyane Bar­racks this after­noon as part of the process to se­lect the na­tional team for next year’s Com­mon­wealth Games in the Gold Coast, Aus­tralia.

Box­ers from dif­fer­ent box­ing clubs con­verged for the two-day Na­tional Cham­pi­onships that kicked off yes­ter­day and are ex­pected to end tonight.

Le­sotho Box­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (LeBA) Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer, Katiso Tšenoli, told the Sun­day Ex­press that this was their big­gest tour­na­ment and it would serve the dual pur­pose of se­lect­ing a team for the Com­mon­wealth Games as well as the na­tional team for other com­pe­ti­tions.

“This is the big­gest event on our cal­en­dar and ev­ery boxer knows how im­por­tant it is to take part,” Tšenoli said.

“We will se­lect the na­tional team for next year’s Com­mon­wealth Games although we al­ready have two box­ers in the Com­mon­wealth pro­gramme.

“We will be also se­lect a na­tional team which will rep­re­sent us when­ever there are in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions un­til we host an­other cham­pi­onship.”

The cham­pi­onship re­turns af­ter a two year ab­sence dur­ing which time box­ers were ran­domly picked to par­tic­i­pate in in­ter­na­tional tour­na­ments.

“This was not fair to other box­ers and as the new com­mit­tee we de­cided against that so as to re­vive the sport and give ev­ery boxer a fair chance.”

Tšenoli said the weight cat­e­gories ranged from 49 to 79 kilo­grammes and out­stand­ing per­form­ers would re­ceive medals and tro­phies.

“This is the se­nior tour­na­ment but un­for­tu­nately we don’t have heavy­weights hence we will have box­ers up to 79 kg cat­e­gory. Out­stand­ing per­form­ers will get in­di­vid­ual and team medals,” he said.

wa“This s not fair to other box­ers and as the new com­mit­tee we de­cided against that so as to re­vive the sport and give ev­ery boxer a fair chance.

BOX­ING team dur­ing their train­ning ses­sion in this file pic­ture.

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