Tokyo bound Boxers jet off to Serbia

• BOBA says in addition to intense training, the boxers will take part in a tournament there ahead of the Olympics

Tokyo bound Boxers jet off to Serbia
Onkarabile Mothibe (green gloves) competing against Tshepang Babui (blue gloves) in the WBF/Scud Missile promotional tournament in Gaboroneon 27 November 2020. (Pic:Monirul Bhuiyan/PRESS PHOTO)

Three Batswana boxers have left for Belgrade, Serbia for another level of intense preparation for the Tokyo Olympics, this publication has established.

According to the Public Relations Officer of Botswana Boxing Association (BOBA), Taolo Tlouetsile, while in Serbia the pugilists will also take part in the 58th Belgrade Winner Boxing Tournament organised by the Serbian Boxing Association. The tournament began yesterday (Thursday 22) and is expected to end on April 28.

The pugilists who travelled to the capital of the southeast European country include Rajab Otukile Mohammed (men’s 52 kg), George Molwantwa (men’s 52 kg) and Keamogetse Kenosi (women’s 57kg). Of the three, only Molwantwa has not qualified for the Olympics which are slated for Tokyo, Japan from 23 July to 8 August 2021.

“The strict COVID-19 pandemic measures made it difficult for us to organise tournaments and training camps,” Tlouetsile told The Business Weekly Sports in an interview. “This tournament is the first one that our boxers are taking part in after almost 14 months. We are going to use it to gauge our boxers’ fitness levels and see where they can improve.  We hope to get more tournaments and training camps before the Olympics.”

Tlouetsile said they decided to send the boxers to Serbia because many countries are taking part in the tournament. “That means more sparring sessions with different boxers,” he added. “We are really trying our best to reshape the competitiveness, focus and fitness of our boxers ahead of the Olympics.”

Thirty-eight countries have registered for the tournament.

The team is under the tutelage of legendary boxer, Lechedzani “Master” Luza.