This is a tricky time for all of us, ad­mits BSA boss

Pretoria News - - SPORT -

BOX­ING South Africa (BSA) has done all they can to en­sure that their mem­bers are safe from the coron­avirus, up­per­most in their ac­tions be­ing the can­cel­la­tion of all sched­uled fights until a di­rec­tive from the SA gov­ern­ment dic­tates it is safe for sport­ing events to con­tinue.

But BSA chief ex­ec­u­tive Tsholofelo Le­jaka con­tin­ues to worry about the “train­ing fa­cil­ity safety” and is toy­ing with the idea of call­ing a halt to all train­ing.

“Of course this is a tricky time for all of us and we have done all we could, like im­me­di­ately de­ac­ti­vat­ing all our ap­proved plans as well as can­celling tour­na­ments,” Le­jaka said yes­ter­day. That way, BSA has fallen into line with SA Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa’s call for no gath­er­ings of over a 100 peo­ple at a place.

But by call­ing off fights, BSA could well have robbed box­ers who were count­ing on fight purses in March and

April for their liveli­hood

“It is a very dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion for ev­ery­one be­cause there are box­ers who had bud­geted on prize money for their up­com­ing fights. The bulk of our monies for fights come from mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties who host th­ese events and thus spon­sor the pro­mot­ers and we are hop­ing that those who had al­ready com­mit­ted would not pull out de­spite the can­cel­la­tions,” Le­jaka said.

Even with­out sched­uled com­pet­i­tive events, sports­men and women con­tinue to train and box­ers are no dif­fer­ent. And this has left Le­jaka with a headache.

“Our cur­rent worry has to do with the train­ing fa­cil­i­ties safety. While we have given an in­struc­tion that there should be no spar­ring, box­ers con­tinue to train. In the up­mar­ket gyms which are spa­cious and well re­sourced, things could be okay. But in the town­ships where the spaces are small and of­ten over­crowded with many box­ers shar­ing equip­ment there could be a prob­lem. And for that rea­son we are even con­sid­er­ing is­su­ing a mora­to­rium on train­ing,” Le­jaka said.

It could be a tough call to make and Le­jaka was wait­ing on the lat­est di­rec­tive from the coun­try’s high­est of­fice – sched­uled for late yes­ter­day – to hear what other measures were be­ing taken to pro­tect the coun­try from the pan­demic. Like most in­sti­tu­tions, BSA has also had to find ways of pro­tect­ing their di­rect em­ploy­ees from the virus and Le­jaka said those who could work from home have been told to do so.

“The long-term un­cer­tainty of this sit­u­a­tion has forced us to re­de­fine our labour and re­ar­range our busi­ness plans.” | Matshelane Mam­abolo

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