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Badilisha Lugha KISWAHILI

Boxer keeps up Olympic berth hopes

1st May 2012
Boxing Federation (BFT) secretary general Makore Mashaga

Boxer Seleman Kindunda on Sunday managed to qualify for the quarterfinals of the on going African Olympics qualifier in Casablanca after knocking out Senegalese Kad Thiam as early as the opening round.

Boxing Federation (BFT) secretary general Makore Mashaga said the umpire of the game had to stop the bout in three minutes of the first round when Kidunda overpowered his opponent.

The Tanzanian flyweight boxer stands to win the Games’ qualifier berth should he manage to overcome his opponent tomorrow and storm into the semifinals.

Another boxer Abdullah Kassim in welterweight category is out of the run after loosing his bout to Tunisian Mantessal Boualia by a wide margin of 21-7 points.


Kassim is out together with lightweight boxer Victor Njaiti who lost 5-12 to Zambian Gilbert Choombe last Saturday.

The other remaining hope for the country to qualify for the London Games is Emmilian Patrick who faces Tewodros Pilahun of Ethiopia.


Tanzania sent four boxers in the qualifier duels with BFT official admitting that there is a slim chance of having a boxer for the London Games.

In a related development, Mashaga said Tanzania is expected to press for more technical and facilities support to African countries at the International Boxing Federation annual general meeting set for Thursday.

He said Tanzania is represented by its vice-president Michael Chalawe at the meeting.

He also said they will ask AIBA to facilitate training programs for Tanzania young boxers and train at the international body development centers.

Makore said in the past AIBA has not been supportive to African countries leading to the downfall of the game in the continent.

In another seminar development Mashaga said financial constraints have forced BFT to participate at the Games without a team doctor and instead use ring-side doctors.

He said organisers of the Morocco Games gave BFT an invitation for ten boxers and five officials but due to lack of funds the federation managed to send only four boxers and two officials courtesy of funds from the Tanzania Olympic Committee (TOC).

"We don't have enough money to include a team doctor," he said.

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