15 Nov 2015 16:30pm
By Sem Shino
WINDHOEK, 15 NOV (NAMPA) Award winning boxing promoter Nestor Tobias of the Nestor Sunshine Tobias Fitness Academy has called on sports promoters and coaches to work hard to earn awards.
His comment follows complaints and dissatisfaction within the local sports fraternity that national football coach Ricardo Mannetti deserved to win the Coach of the Year award by virtue of his team having won the Team of the Year award at the 2015 Namibia Sports Commission (NSC) Sports Awards in October.
Tobias scooped the Coach of the Year award in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2015.
This award is given to coaches whose achievements have been outstanding throughout the year.
Tobias, who does not want to be drawn into this sports awards controversy, told Nampa recently that the NSC has criteria of nominating people for awards and it is the responsibility of the judges to choose the deserving winners.
He encouraged those who could not win this award yet to not cry foul but put more effort in their work for them to win it in future, adding that rewarding sports achievers is a worldwide trend to recognise their hard work and achievements.
Tobias said his commitment to the sport has improved boxing in the country.
He emphasised that he works hard to win awards and also help Namibian youth to become better people and/or improve their living standards.
Winning awards is an appreciation to people for their hard work and any person who is hard working deserve acknowledgement, said Tobias.
Our motto is to empower young people through boxing and we aim to shine every day. I won't mind winning this award a million times.
The experienced promoter attributed his achievement to his many years in the boxing business, having worked with some of the best promoters in the world such as Don King from the United States of America.
The Nestor Sunshine Tobias Fitness Academy has produced two world champions. Paulus 'The Hitman Moses won the World Boxing Organisation (WBA) World lightweight title against Yusuke Kobori of Japan in 2009, but lost the belt the following year to Miguel Acosta of Venezuela; while Paulus 'The Rock Ambunda won the World Boxing Organisation (WBO) World bantamweight title against Thailand's Pungluang Sor Singyu in 2013 before losing it to Japans Tomoki Kameda the same year. Ambunda made a great comeback, winning the International Boxing Organisation (IBO) World super bantamweight title against Leandro David Esperante of Argentina in August this year.