National boxing body SANABO have landed a telling blow for the code going forward with the announcement that they have entered into a bilateral agreement with African neighbours, Botswana.
Said SANABO President, Andile Mofu: ‘ I’m delighted that this agreement that will ensure the development of Open Boxing in these two countries takes great strides.
South Africa and Botswana both have a proud tradition of boxing and the boxing clubs in both countries continue to produce talented boxers. The agreement was signed in Gaborone at the weekend.
‘We therefore need to put plans in place to raise the standard in time to launch a stronger challenge at the Rio 2016 Olympics as well as preparing for the 2020 Olympics.
‘In addition, with South Africa bidding to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games, the two countries need to start with preparations in order to be able to showcase their boxing talent to the rest of the world.’
Boxing is extremely popular in both countries and fighters from these countries were prominent in this code at last year’s Region 5 Games in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.
Mali went on to add: ‘The principal purpose of this initiative is to direct our attention and endeavours towards the achievement of not merely commendable, but spectacular performances at the 2016 Olympics and beyond. Any previous disappointing performances must now be relegated to history.
‘It’s my hope that this agreement, the first of its kind involving SA boxing, will yield positive results which will see our flags being hoisted in all International Open Boxing Competitions.’
SANABO went on to unveil their vision going forward:
1 To promote Open Boxing with a special focus on development and strengthening of institutional structures with regards to youth and women’s boxing development.
2 To focus on high performance by conducting more competitions and regular training opportunities collectively with SANABO and BoBA (Botswana Boxing Association) and measured by continuing success in international tournaments.
3 To promote our Boxers and Open Boxing to be recognised and accepted by the communities for the positive contribution it makes to the development of individuals.
Areas of cooperation between the countries are as follows:
1 Coaching development
2 Referees and judges’ development
4 Women’s boxing development
5 Training camps
In the picture, SANABO president Mofu and his Botswana counterpart, Dr Thato Patlakwe, sign on the deal in Gaborone.