Boxers miss World Champs

SHARE   |   Wednesday, 25 September 2019   |   By Baitshepi Sekgweng
George Molwantwa [Red] George Molwantwa [Red]

Botswana Senior Men national boxing team has missed an opportunity to compete at this  years’ World Championship   after the   technical   team  made  a decision to skip  the  tournament. The 2019 Championships have been ongoing in Sochi, Russia since the   7th of September. The tournament which for the first  time in history was free   to almost  all the boxers   provided  a perfect   chance   for local  pugilists  to  gain some  massive  experience on the  world  stage, however  the technical  staff  rather  choose   to  rest the   team after  a hectic  schedule.

Ever since   July   the national team has been on the road preparing for All Africa games. They started their   expedition in Zambia for a tournament before heading to Thailand for a training camp and tournament where they spent two weeks. From there  the team headed  to  France  where  they   camped  ahead  of  Africa  games  which  they also   competed in at Morocco for a fortnight period. According   to Coach Lechedzani Luza they decided to skip the   tournament such that the quartet of Mohammed Otukile, Mmusi Tswiige, George Molwantwa and Pitso Mmopiemang can rest and recuperate.


“We deliberately decided not to participate  because   you will  remember that  we were in Morocco  and we  arrived home on the 3rd of September so we had on only  less  than  four days  to rest and travel to  Russia so it was suicidal  for our athletes. Mind you  some of our  athletes   played   five bouts   during   Africa games which were  very tough .So nowadays in   boxing  we compete  without  headgears so after   those  tough   fights  it was necessary for  our  athletes  to rest for the  sake of health and the body  has to recover  and  pick up fitness again. So there was little time in between and it wasn’t our fault, it is how the AIBA calendar has been   designed it doesn’t favour Africa at all,” explained Luza.

Nonetheless   the  Women’s   team  will  take part in  World Championships  which are scheduled to  commence on the  3rd of October. The   team comprise of Lethabo Modukanele, Keamogetse Kenosi and Aratwa Kasemang who had a good run at the Africa games. Though the   trio is also on rest as of now, Luza said they will soon go on camp to prepare for the tournament. “Currently we are preparing our women and we have international and local training camps for Olympic qualifiers   which will take place in February, so all our programmes are still intact   nothing has changed,” he said.


Following an  issue in which  Kobamelo Molatlhegi  and Treasure Moremi were vetted out at the Africa games  due  to  the  reason that  their  categories fall out of the Olympic  weight  the issue is said  to be   sorted out  by  the boxing association  before  the Olympic Qualifiers  next  year. “Technical team is meeting this weekend to make final   decision on the team composition. Part of the decision is on Olympic weights categories   going forward,” said BoBA president Thato Patlakwe.

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