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Botswana hosts Zim boxing camp

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The Botswana Boxing Association (BoBA) has offered to host Zimbabwe and Tunisia for training camps in preparation for All-Africa Games to be held in Mozambique in three month time.

Zimbabwe Amateur Boxing Association (Zaba) secretary Goodwill Sibanda Tuesday said the motive behind the invitation is that BoBA wants to engage local boxers as well as Tunisia’s in sparring sessions ahead of the Maputo games.

He said BoBA has proposed to host the country’s six boxers who would also be getting technical assistance from Cuban trainers.

“BoBA has offered to host six of our boxers for a training camp before the All-Africa Games. It is like international friendly matches because they want us together with Tunisia to contest in training bouts before the games. Some Cuban trainers will be there assisting with the training. I cannot reveal the camp duration and actual dates at the moment because I am yet to give feedback of my weekend’s Botswana trip to Malianga,” said Sibanda.

Zaba intends to send eight pugilists to the All-Africa Games but is currently at loggerheads with the Sports and Recreation Commission who have demanded that the boxing association trim the number down to only three.

Meanwhile, the African Boxing Confederation (ABC) Zone IV elections have once again been deferred after they were scheduled to take place at the weekend in Gaborone.

Zimbabwe is targeting the secretary-general or the developmental committee member post in the regional body, in a move aimed at re-establishing Zaba’s long-lost credibility from various boxing stakeholders and luring back sponsors into the ailing game.

“The elections did not take place because ABC president Houcine Houichi who is from Tunisia sent a last minute email requesting for the postponement of the elections since he was tied up with International Amateur Boxing Association commitments. He wanted to monitor the vote and he was not available at the weekend. Dates for the elections will be released later,” Sibanda said.

This is the third time the Zone IV elections have been deferred. Malianga was unable to travel to Botswana at the weekend as he was understood to be engaged in Zimbabwe Olympic Committee business.

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