LOCAL bantam weight (56kg) boxer Moroke Mokhotho is set for his first fight after the Gold Coast Australia Commonwealth Games in a week-long tournament in Thailand that started yesterday.
The Olympian said this tournament is part of his four-year scholarship under the Olympic Solidarity (OS) that started last year and ends in 2020.
The Olympic Scholarship for Athletes is a programme by (OS) that offers National Olympic Committees (NOCs) the possibility to obtain financial and technical assistance for a limited number of elite athletes. The athletes will be training and attempting to qualify for the Olympic Games.
The scholarship’s objective is to assist the selected and proposed elite athletes by their NOCs in their preparation and qualification for the XXXII Olympiad, in Tokyo 2020.
Mokhotho who reached the quarterfinals at the Commonwealth Games said he will use the Thailand competition as his scale.
“This is my first competition after the Commonwealth Games and I will use it to weigh my performance on whether or not I have improved,” Mokhotho said.
“My trip is catered for by the NOC as part of my 2020 Olympics Scholarship from the OS.”
Moroke said he rested for only two weeks after the Commonwealth Games and has been working hard with his coach Sibusiso Keketsi. The 27-year-old said he hopes to at least make it into the final of the tournament.
“I only rested for two weeks and from there it has been back to serious business with my coach,” he said.
“I do know the nationalities of the boxers in the competition but what I know is that it is not easy competing internationally and I am expecting tough competition. The target is to at least make it to the final. If I am in the final, anything can happen but I will be happy,” Mokhotho said.