East Africa Olympic Trials' preps in top gear

24Feb 2021
Joseph Mchekadona
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
East Africa Olympic Trials' preps in top gear

PREPARATIONS for the one-week East Africa Olympic Trials, which are expected to get underway at National Indoor Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Sunday, are at an advanced stage.

Magereza Boxing Club's Issa Athuman (R) trades blows with JKT Club's Boniface Mlingwa in one of this year's National Boxing Championship's fights, which took place at Tanganyika Packers venue in Dar es Salaam recently. Mlingwa won by points. PHOTO; CORRESPONDENT JUMANNE JUMA

Tanzania Open Boxing Federation (OBFT) Secretary General, Lukelo Willilo, stated yesterday all preparations for the trials are going on smoothly and they expect boxers from Zimbabwe and Burundi to arrive in the country on Saturday.

“All preparations for the East Africa Olympic trials are going on very well, the trials which will end on March 4 will take place at National Indoor Stadium and we have received communication that Zimbabwe and Burundi boxers will be in the country on Saturday ready for the event,” he said.

The trials aim at giving boxers international exposure and also select boxers who will represent the country at international events this year.

He said 17 local boxers are attending non-residential camp under head coach David Yomba Yomba.

The official noted after the trials, OBFT technical panel will select six to eight boxers who will form the national team that will participate in qualifiers for Tokyo Olympics.

The pugilists will as well compete in the AIBA World Boxing Championships which will take place in Serbia later this year.

“After the trials, our head coach David Yomba Yomba and his technical panel will select six to eight boxers who will compete at qualifiers for Tokyo Olympics,'' he disclosed.

''The pugilists will moreover compete at AIBA World Boxing Championships slated for later this year in Serbia, we are confident that the deserving boxers will be selected,” he said.

Local boxers, Yusuf Changarawe, Boniface Mligwa and Haruna Mhando attended qualifiers for Tokyo Olympics, which were held in Senegal last year.

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