All Africa Games are crucial: Kaperu

08 Jul 2015 19:00pm
WINDHOEK, 08 JUL (NAMPA) - Participation in the 11th All Africa Games is crucial and requires thorough preparation from boxers, Namibia Boxing Federation Secretary-General Joe Kaperu says.
The event will take place in Brazzaville, Congo from 09 to 14 September. It consists of 22 different sports codes and two disability sports (athletics and swimming).
Kaperu said during a media conference here on Wednesday that there is a need for boxers to win more medals at these games, adding that this requires boxers to be equipped and prepared.
He said joint training camps will assist the boxers, stating that they anticipate to send their boxers go to Cuba and Tunisia for such training camps.
The dates for the camps will be announced at a later stage.
Meanwhile, the federation will be hosting national elite boxing trials at the A. Shipena Secondary School in the capital on 18 to 19 July.
“Boxing is a game of change, so that is why there is a need to have trials,” he said.
Kaperu said the federation is also looking at sending boxers to the Africa Confederation Boxing Championships in Casablanca, Morocco from 15 to 25 August 2015.
He stated that boxers who win medals at the Morocco event will automatically qualify for the International Boxing Association (AIBA) World Boxing championships to be hosted in Doha, Qatar in October.
The winners in Qatar qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.
Kaperu said funding is however needed and vital for every sports code, because without funding there is no way that one can prepare a team properly or to expose boxers at tournaments of a high level.
He said a boxer can only excel at the highest level if he is exposed to opponents of the same caliber.
Kaperu thus called on the Namibia Sports Commission; Namibian National Olympic Committee; and the Ministry of Sports, Youth and National Services to make sure athletes are prepared well.