THE Lesotho Boxing Association (LBA) will hold a one-day open tournament on 27 October at Makoanyane Barracks to help the team prepare for the upcoming African Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region 5 Games.
Boxing will also form a part of Team Lesotho that will be participating in the biennial competition which will this year be staged in Gaborone, Botswana in December.
According to LBA public relations officer Katiso Tšenoli they are going to have five boxers (Retselisitsoe Kolobe 49kg, Mokete Lehoko 51kg, Phomolo Lengola 56kg, Kamohelo Lengola 60kg, Thabo Snyman 64kg). He said the tournament will be used to test the boxers while also boosting the morale of other boxers across the country.
“This is an open tournament and all our clubs can register and we are also going to use it to prepare our five boxers who will be competing in the AUSC games in December,” Tšenoli said.
“We are also trying to boost their morale and hype our boxers because it has been a long time since we had a tournament so this this should help keep them active.
“We held a training camp during the independence holidays which we thought was not enough so now we want to give them a real test.”
He said they have worked hard this year to improve the sport and have also trained 20 coaches who now have Star 1 qualifications.
“We are doing all we can to ensure the growth and improvement of the sport in the country and the 201 coaches who have been trained have helped us broaden our pool,” he said.
Tšenoli added that they would also use the forthcoming tournament as a scale to gauge how far they have gone with their preparations for the AUSC Games.
“We want to have as many clubs as we can and now that we have more qualified coaches, I think we are getting close to achieving our mission. This tournament will help us review the work that our coaches have carried out throughout the year so we expect a high level of competition,” Tšenoli said.