A BOXING tournament featuring boxers from eight clubs from Bulawayo is scheduled for Nketa 6 Shopping Centre on Saturday.
Nketa Boxing Club, one of the prominent local boxing clubs that draws its boxers from the western suburbs is holding the tournament that will feature boxers from Sikhulile, Tshaka, Lobengula, HQ One Brigade, Young Arts and Bulawayo West boxing clubs.
To add out of town flavour, Gwanda Boxing Club has also been invited to give its boxers a chance to trade leather.
Stephen Masiyambumbi, the country’s amateur boxing technical director, praised Bulawayo Province for taking the initiative to take a boxing tourney to the grassroots for the first time this year.
He said it was in line with the vision of the Sport and Recreation Commission (SRC).
“I’m very pleased with the Nketa Boxing Club chairman’s efforts to take boxing to the people, giving young boxers a chance to showcase their talent as well as keeping the sport alive.
“I encourage the community to come in their numbers to support their young stars. The sport can only grow when we nurture our kids to actively participate in boxing.
“The tournament will also prepare Bulawayo boxers for the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympic qualifiers that will be held next year,” said Masiyambumbi.
Nketa Boxing Club chairman George Tayisiyepi said the tourney would be held in the high density suburb so that it is accessible to the people of Bulawayo.
“The idea was to make boxing accessible and this in turn will generate public interest and eventually attract more participants in the sport.
“The tournament will also provide boxers from Nketa and other boxing clubs ring time, which we feel is very important,” said Tayisiyepi.