Federation needs boxing ring

31 October 2018 | Sports

The Ohangwena Region Boxing Federation urgently needs a boxing ring, which they say will make it easier for them to host tournaments and develop boxers in the region.

The federation's chairman, Israel Hamutumbangela, says if they want to organise a boxing event they have to use a ring belonging to the ministry of sport, which is shared by all the northern regions.

He says having their own boxing ring would solve many problems.

“We have other challenges but we believe that if we can get our own boxing ring we will be able to stage more boxing competitions in the region where we can generate income from and address our challenges.”

Hamutumbangela says the level of boxing in Ohangwena is good, thanks to the ten boxing clubs active in the region.

“Ever since the establishment of the federation in 2016 there has been a tremendous growth in the development of amateur boxers in the region. We have quite a number of boxers who represent the country at international games, which means our coaches and boxers are serious at all times,” he says.

He adds that Ohangwena is rated the second best boxing region in the country.

Hamutumbangela says the type of boxing ring they would prefer costs about N$70 000 and all donations are welcome.

Changing lives

Hamutumbangela also used the opportunity to talk about the impact boxing has in terms of improving the lives of young people.

He says Ohangwena is one of the most populous regions and has high unemployment. Therefore, it is necessary to keep young people busy in order to prevent them from committing crime and abusing substances. He recalls how a concerned mother once brought her son to him, asking him to keep the boy busy with boxing. Eventually the boy turned into a fine boxer.

“Our region is faced with a number of challenges such as poverty, crime and a high unemployment. The boxing federation takes note of these challenges and we will play our role in addressing them,” Hamutumbangela says.

“Once we get the necessary assistance and support, we will be able to change the lives of many youngsters.”

KENYA KAMBOWE

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