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Kilimanjaro to host senior amateurs boxing competition

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Kilimanjaro Boxing Club will host its first-ever Senior Amateur Boxing Championships at the Oshakati Independence Stadium for the northern regions of Oshana, Ohangwena, Oshikoto and Omusati on 31 October. Chairperson and promoter of the club, Joseph Bernard said during the […]

Kilimanjaro Boxing Club will host its first-ever Senior Amateur Boxing Championships at the Oshakati Independence Stadium for the northern regions of Oshana, Ohangwena, Oshikoto and Omusati on 31 October.

Chairperson and promoter of the club, Joseph Bernard said during the official launch of the championships held at one of Ongwediva Town’s hotels on Friday that the event is titled ‘4-Regions Senior Amateur Boxing Championship’.

The tournament, Bernard said, forms part of the three-year Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC) N.dollars 500 000 sponsorship to Kilimanjaro.

With the preparations already underway, the event anticipates at least 30 senior boxers from all over the said regions, plus several boxers from Opuwo in the Kunene Region.

“We initially excluded our boxers in Opuwo, but we have to accommodate them for humbly requesting us to do so,” Bernard noted.

The Namibian flyweight national champion and 2021 Tokyo Olympics amateur boxing contestant, Johannes Trofimus will also feature in the tournament using it as his preparations for the Olympics.

Trofimus, 20, joined Kilimanjaro at the tender age of 12 years under Bernard’s coaching. He is the first boxer from Kilimanjaro to qualify for the Olympics.

Speaking also during the launching of the 4-Regions Senior Amateur Boxing Championships on Friday, Trofimus pointed out that he is determined to follow in the footsteps of his mentor, Bernard, by also becoming an Olympics boxing champion.

“Kilimanjaro’s efforts are reaping fruits by finally producing a Namibian Olympics boxing championships qualifier (Trofimus),” stated MTC’s John Ekongo during the launch.

Source: Namibia Press Agency

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