Open Boxing Club Championship set for next month in Dar

17Sep 2021
Joseph Mchekadona
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Open Boxing Club Championship set for next month in Dar

THIS season's National Open Boxing Club Championship will be held in Dar es Salaam next month, Tanzania Open Boxing Federation (OBFT) disclosed.

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

Lukelo Wililo, OBFT secretary-general, said the showdown will be held from October 5-10 at a venue that will be disclosed later.

He said the showpiece will be used to select four boxers that will make the national boxing squad set for the International Boxing Association (AIBA)  World Boxing Championship, scheduled for October 26-November 6 in Belgrade, Serbia.

Wililo disclosed the country has two boxers, Alex Isendi and Yusuph Changarawe, who have qualified for the showpiece.

The OBFT official stated: "We will have the National Open Club Championship in Temeke, as the National Indoor Stadium is closed for renovation.''

''The championship will also be used to select four boxers who will join the two boxers, Isendi and Changarawe, who qualified for AIBA World Championship which will be held in Serbia.'

''We have eight boxers who are top-ranked so the qualifying events' trials will be among them, the best will be selected for the AIBA World Championship,'' he said.

In the past, OBFT had failed to send boxers to international events due to financial constraints the federation now experiences.

Wililo said this time he is confident that the boxers will travel to the event as the government announced its commitment to promoting sports.

The OBFT official pointed out: ''We thank the government for its commitment to see that sports enjoy progress in the country and also its commitment that it will fund national teams' foreign assignments.''

''We know we will benefit from this funding and the other good thing is that boxing is among the five sporting disciplines which will enjoy government support in its first phase of a sports development initiative," he said.

The AIBA World Championship last took place was in Ekaterinburg, Russia in 2019, but Tanzania did not send its boxers.

Super Middleweight pugilist, Selemani Kidunda, is the last domestic boxer to have represented the country at the AIBA World Championship. He competed in the 2013 showdown in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

The Serbia event will be overseen by Serbia’s President, Alexander Vucic, who heads the Local Organizing Committee (LOC).

AIBA president Omar Kremlev is reported to have said the AIBA Men’s World Boxing Championship will show determination to provide boxers around the world a platform to achieve their full potential.

“We are confident that the tournament will be conducted safely given the successful implementation of COVID-19 countermeasures throughout the year,” he said.

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