Amateur boxers set for tournament

01 Nov 2018 15:30pm
WINDHOEK, 01 NOV (NAMPA) – Amateur boxers from all over the country are set to battle it out during the 2018 Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC) Nestor Tobias Boxing and Fitness Academy Cup scheduled to take place between 28 November and 01 December 2018.
Speaking at a media conference on Thursday, Jason Naule, the organiser of the tournament and president of the Khomas Boxing Federation, said all preparations are on track.
“Except for the venue, we have everything ready. The boxers from the Khomas Region are also ready to come and defend their title which they won last year in Otjiwarongo,” he explained.
He added that they are expecting all regions to participate as eight of them have already confirmed their involvement.
Naule said the Namibia Defence Force (NDF) and the Namibia Police Force will also take part in the tournament.
“This is the sixth edition of the tournament and it has produced quite a number of boxers who have gone on to become professionals. We have 12 weight divisions and we expect all the regions to bring two boxers per weight division,” he noted.
John Ekongo, the Corporate Communication Specialist at MTC, at the same event said when they signed up with the academy, one of their conditions was to take care of amateur boxers.
“We did so as a way of making sure that they have a conveyer belt of youngsters coming through the amateur ranks to become professionals. As a corporate company, we want to partner with like-minded organisations who share the same vision of developing talented youths,” he said, adding that sports in Namibia is a form of employment, which helps youth take care of their families.