07 Nov 2015 10:50am
WINDHOEK, 07 NOV (NAMPA) - More boxing rings are needed in Namibia to cater for the increasing interest in the sport, the Namibia Professional Boxing and Wrestling Control Board (NPBWCB) said on Thursday.
Currently, there are only seven boxing rings in Namibia, with a number of regions forced to share one ring.
The government bought the seven rings from China in 2009 for the boxing development programme under the sports ministry.
A boxing ring is set on a raised platform and is square, with a post at each corner to which four parallel rows of ropes are attached.
Speaking to Nampa on Thursday, the chief administrator of the NPBWCB, Joel Kaperu said many boxing clubs do not own their own boxing rings and rely on those provided by the Namibia Boxing Federation.
There is a need for training rings because some boxers are training in classrooms or under trees, said Kaperu, who is also Secretary-General of the boxing federation.
Boxing clubs use rings provided by the government under the supervision of the boxing federation.
Some of the rings are very old, and their excessive use is leading to rapid deterioration. Their condition has in the past led to fights being stopped during boxing events for their safety to be assessed.
Boxing rings are kept at the regional sports offices countrywide. There are technicians responsible for their maintenance, but during their transportation from one area to another some parts get damaged, making them unstable.
A boxing ring costs between N.dollars 60 000 and N.dollars 70 000 in South Africa.
Boxing rings can however also be manufactured locally provided they meet international standards, but not many local companies are interested in manufacturing it.