Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe is famous for being one of the longest serving heads of state in the world. He has been at the helm of his country since Independence in 1980, first as Prime Minister and then as substantive president. He is also known as a fearless pan-Africanist who does not cower to the whims and caprices of the West, most particularly the USA and Britain.
Apart from politics, however, Mugabe is also well known for some of the most popular and hilarious quotes that are being circulated on social media. We know by now that almost all of those funny quotes did not come from Mugabe’s brain or his mouth. It is in fact difficult to just start to think how Mugabe would use his presidential time to dream up hilarious quotes like those which have no bearing on his work as head of state.
But be that as it may, there is this quote that is also attributed to Mugabe. It goes as follows: “When you kiss a girl from another nationality, do it well because you represent the whole country.”And therein lies the issue I want to address today, with specific reference to Vikapita Meroro’s fight against South Africa’s Kevin Lerena last Saturday.Understandably, it is always difficult to expect someone to win away from home due to the many odds stacked against him or her. Many things are at play when you compete away from home. These include weather, crowd hostility, treatment by officials and many more.In such circumstances you are expected to at least come away with a draw as a victory will be a bonus. At the very least, put up a brave fight and you will earn respect from not only your fellow country men and women, but also from your opponent and the people of the country where you are competing.Same is however not true for Meroro who embarrassed the whole country with his distasteful behaviour last Saturday. The boxing historians are still hard at work trying to find if anything of the sort has ever happened before. I am referring to Meroro’s surrender in the fifth round of the cruiserweight fight. After loosening from a clinch, Meroro walked past his opponent and threw his arms in the air to signal defeat. We know of corners that have thrown in towels to admit defeat, or referees stopping the fight because one of the boxers has absorbed too many punches and is at risk of serious harm. There are also instances where the corner doctors have ordered a fight to stop after examining a hurt boxer.
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