18 Feb 2018 13:00pm
WINDHOEK, 18 FEB (NAMPA) The Khomas Boxing Federation (KBF) on Saturday held its first junior boxing tournament for 2018 at the After School Centre in Grysblok.
Thirty-eight junior boxers took part in various weight categories, while several other were there to cheer their fellow boxers on.
Speaking to Nampa on the sidelines of the tournament, KBF president Jason Taks Naule, said it was the federations wish to hold two tournaments, one for juniors and one for seniors, on a monthly basis.
We believe the juniors are the most important stakeholders in boxing. They are the future of the countrys boxing. This is a big part of our development strategy. We decided to separate juniors and seniors so as to avoid having a long programme, he explained.
He said only 38 boxers could compete on Saturday because some boxers failed to get opponents, while each boxing stable was only able to field one boxer per weight category.
KBF has 12 member clubs and all of them participated in the tournament.
Naule added that funds to run such tournaments are hard to come by and thus called on interested companies to come on board and assist in the development of the sport.
We use membership registration fees to run these tournaments but it becomes difficult to run them all year round as by the second month, we would have probably used all our finances, he said.
On how they aim to keep these juniors on the radar as they grow older, Naule said unfortunately they cannot do that as that becomes a national issue.
He added they only advise when they see it necessary in order to make sure that talented young Namibian boxers do not only flourish at junior level, but also when they become seniors, amateurs and professionals.
The former professional boxer said such tournaments help develop skills not only for boxers, but for all those involved.
The organisers, referees, managers, coaches, ringside judges and the time keepers learn a lot. We all benefit in one way or another, he said, adding that the next tournament will be held on 03 March 2018.