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BoBA gears up for international competition

BoBA gears up for international competition
January 29
12:49 2018

Baitshepi Sekgweng

Botswana Boxing Association (BoBA) has assembled a team of eight senior national team boxers to compete at the upcoming Zone VI Boxing Championships and Commonwealth Games. From the eight pugilists, four are destined for Zone VI while the other will head to Australia for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

The regional tournament (Zone VI) is scheduled for Maputo, Mozambique from 20-25 February while the Gold Coast 2018 games will come a little later in April from the 4th till 15th.

Mmusi Tswiige, Mmoloki Thipe, Beauty Phori and Letlhabo Modukanele will represent the country at the regional competition whereas Mahommad Rajab Otukile, Tefo Maitewa, Keamogetse Kenosi and Aratwa Kesemang are bound to represent Botswana at the Commonwealth Games. Both teams are led by Lechedzani Luza as head coach and he will be deputized by Grace Mmolai.

According to BoBA spokesperson, Taolo Tlouetsile, both teams have been in camp since December last year to prepare for their respective competitions.

“I have seen the teams train and  I can say everything is going well,” he said. Tlouetsile noted that they are also considering taking the commonwealth team for training at Europe, “because for you to bring good results you have to train with the best in the world.”

Quizzed why they are sending few boxers to the commonwealth games, Tlouetsile responded: “As the association we could have liked to field more boxers but BNOC determine the selection criteria.  They choose boxers looking at how they performed at the Zone VI and Africa Championships so all those who managed to grab a medal at the two tournaments have made it to the team.”

The last time local boxers brought home medals at Commonwealth Games was back in 2010 in India, New Delhi were they won two medals courtesy of Tirafalo Seoko and Oteng Oteng.

Medal target for the Zone VI team

“We don’t want to put the athletes under pressure, what we want for them is to go and be competitive and keep their place in the national team because we want consistency in our boxers. Our wish right now is to build a team of boxers who will bring medals from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics,” said Tlouetsile.

He, however, highlighted that the Zone VI competition is not worrisome as Botswana has dominated the region in previous competitions.

 

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