Boxing going all out

SHARE   |   Tuesday, 18 June 2019   |   By Baitshepi Sekgweng
Boxing going all out

… Gearing for All Africa Games with focus on Tokyo 2020 Olympics

In preparation for the upcoming  All Africa games, the senior national  boxing team will embark on a series  of international  camps in order to  be in a  good  shape  for  the  for the games  which are slated  for  August 19-31 in Morocco.

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All Africa Games are contested by various sporting codes amongst them boxing, volleyball and athletics. Botswana Boxing  Association (BoBA)  is expected  to take all  their  nine  member  team  to  the  games. It comprises  of Mmusi Tswiige, Mohammed Otukile, Keamogetse Kenosi, Aratwa Kasemang, Kobamelo Molatlhegi, Pitso Mmopiemang, George Molwantwa, Treasure Moremi and Lethabo Modukanele  who all  won medals   during the  Zone 4.3 Championships.

As of now government has committed close to P15 m towards the preparations of the games with each association expected to pocket P1million for their respective training programmes. The boxing   team reported   for camp on June 12 and they are expected to play a friendly game with Zambia from the 22nd -23rd of June in Lusaka. From Zambia the team will head to Bangkok, Thailand on the 3rd – 28th of July for an international tournament. From the 1st -16th of August the team will be in a training camp in Paris, France which will also part of acclimatizing process.

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According  to BoBA  president Thato  Patlakwe  they saw it fit  to  include   international  camps for the team this  time around  because  their  main  focus  is to ensure that their  boxers  qualify  for  Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

“As much as we are preparing for Morocco games, our focus is on the Olympics because we missed the previous edition. We had a programme as the association which we presented to the sports commission and fortunately they did approve it and now our intention is for our boxers to get everything they want such that they achieve great results,” he said.

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“We have to compete with the best for us to improve on our performances. Top coaches, boxers and instructors will be available at the Thailand tournament so this is a chance for us to have better preparations because 22 countries have confirmed   their participation and I’m talking about the likes of Germany, South Africa, India, Morocco and Cuba. These are some the world’s powerhouses in boxing.   Obviously our team is going to get some serious match practices and access to better training   facilities in the countries we will be camping in,” said Patlakwe.

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Asked on the costs training camps Patlakwe was cagey with details.  “I can’t comment on the how much we will spend on this, but the programme is funded from our yearly grant as well as the funds set aside by BNSC for the preparations of the games. But the good thing is that the Thailand camp is not expensive. We are  only  paying  for our  transport  while  they (Thailand)  pay for  our  accommodation and food during the days of the  tournament,” he said.



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