Box­ing duo ready for Youth Games

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The SA Na­tional Box­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (San­abo) is count­ing on box­ers Nteth­elelo Ngema and Nyawo Cedric to do well in the 2015 Com­mon­wealth Youth Games, which take place in Samoa from Septem­ber 5-11.

Ac­cord­ing to San­abo pres­i­dent Andile Mofu, the 18-year-old fight­ers from KwaZulu-Natal made a name for them­selves when they rep­re­sented the coun­try in the Re­gion 5 Youth Games in Bu­l­awayo, Zim­babwe, in Novem­ber.

They both won gold medals in their di­vi­sions.

Now they will join ath­letes in other sport­ing codes to rep­re­sent South Africa at the Youth Games.

Ngema fights as a light­weight while Cedric slugs it out in the mid­dleweight class.

“Both have been se­lected be­cause they stood above the rest in Zim­babwe,”said Mofu.

“We would have loved to have fea­tured more box­ers, but de­cided on Ngema and Cedric. The strict se­lec­tion cri­te­ria al­lows for only two fight­ers in the box­ing slot.”

He said nei­ther fighter would be con­sid­ered for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games be­cause of their ages.

“They are not yet ready for Rio be­cause they are very young.

“By 2020, they will hope­fully be fit and pre­pared to par­tic­i­pate in the Olympics in Tokyo. This is great be­cause they are our stars of the fu­ture,” said Mofu.

He added that the box­ing team for Rio had not yet been fi­nalised.

“The elite team has to qual­ify through the World Am­a­teur Box­ing Cham­pi­onships in Doha, Qatar, in De­cem­ber. “It will also de­pend on the box­ers’ per­for­mances in the African Games in Braz­zav­ille, Congo, from Septem­ber 4-19,” said Mofu The SA Sports Con­fed­er­a­tion and Olympic Com­mit­tee named the team for the Youth Games this week.

South Africa will com­pete in six of the nine sport­ing codes – ath­let­ics, box­ing, lawn bowls, rugby sev­ens, ten­nis and swimming.

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