Box­ing academy ap­peals for as­sis­tance

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Leonard Ncube in Vic­to­ria Falls

NEWLY es­tab­lished Vic­to­ria Falls Box­ing Academy has ex­tended a beg­ging bowl to well-wish­ers in a bid to raise funds for ac­quir­ing equip­ment.

The academy was es­tab­lished in June 2015 in the re­sort town and has so far or­gan­ised six tour­na­ments in this sport-starved tourist des­ti­na­tion.

The academy has 52 am­a­teur box­ers un­der its wings and man­aged to send two of them to the re­cently held Na­tional Youth Games in Chin­hoyi where Web­ster San­garwe won a bronze medal.

The academy’s chair­man To­bias Owen Mu­posiwa said the road was get­ting tougher for them, as they are strug­gling to get ad­e­quate re­sources for train­ing and to hold reg­u­lar bouts.

“We started with the aim of bring­ing the sport to Vic­to­ria Falls and groom young­sters so they can ben­e­fit from their tal­ent.

“We al­ready have two boys that par­tic­i­pated in the Youth Games and one brought a bronze medal. This is a sign of good things to come since it was our first time and all we need now is sup­port from the com­mu­nity,” said Mu­posiwa.

He said the academy was in a dire need of train­ing gear that in­cludes gloves, punch bags, groin pro­tec­tors, head gear, tooth guards as well as a ring.

“We get the ring from Hwange Col­liery Club, but now it’s dam­aged, hence we won’t be able to hold any tour­na­ments.

“Even when they give us, we still need to trans­port it to Vic­to­ria Falls and that costs money, so we are ap­peal­ing to the cor­po­rate world to come to our res­cue and help th­ese youths. We also missed a tour­na­ment in Bu­l­awayo last Satur­day be­cause of lack of money,” he said.

Of the box­ers in his sta­ble, Mu­posiwa said 43 were be­tween the ages of five and 18, while nine are from 18-23 years old.

The box­ers train at Mosi-oa-Tunya High School, while bouts are held at Shoestrings Back­pack­ers. — @ ncubeleon

James Ro­driguez

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