AMATEUR boxers have assembled in Otjiwarongo for a tournament that is likely to unearth raw talent, which can be moulded and nurtured into formidable world champions.
The development event, which kicked off on Thursday, will be critical in terms of scouting for new talent, which can take Namibian boxing to new heights.
The country is currently experiencing a disturbing decline in the number of athletes participating at major international events, and this situation needs to be reversed, as a matter of urgency.
The MTC Sunshine Regional Cup Championship, which is being held at the Swanewelder Hall in the Orwetoveni township, sees 150 young boxers from all 14 regions competing for top honours.
This event is sure to produce fireworks; however it didn’t take place last year, because there was simply no money.
Last year, the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC), could not afford to transport the young boxers to the event.
However, this time around, the situation is different, thanks to the NSC, Namibia Breweries Limited and Cenored, who have all come on board to make the event a success for the young boxers.
Such development tournaments should be supported by committed businesses, provided that sponsorships are fully accounted for, as is the case with the MTC Nestor Sunshine Boxing Academy.
Any company would want to align itself with the likes of the academy, if boxers of high repute are produced, and if there is a working blueprint, which will ensure that world champions are nurtured.
It is therefore unsurprising that MTC remains steadfastly behind the academy, and religiously sponsors the boxing stable.
My question is straightforward and simple: Why can’t we see similar development programmes from other sport codes?
The Commonwealth Games are scheduled for April next year and yet again the Sunshine Academy is at the forefront of scouting for talent.
I am convinced that Namibia’s next Commonwealth Games or Olympic Games gold medal will surely come from such development programmes.
Please don’t misunderstood me, but I doubt that these untested amateur boxers would have had any financial backing from their respective parents, siblings or any other extended family members.
But for once, these aspiring boxers will be nurtured, and the potential champions among them will be identified. They will soon have friends and family clamouring to be seen with them, when they finally reach stardom.
As mentioned before in this column, the role of parents, in terms of developing sporting talent, is of utmost importance.
I thus call on parents to rally behind their young ones and encourage them, in whatever way possible. More importantly, the parents from the host town of Otjiwarongo should turn up in droves, because it will also showcase to the sponsors that amateur boxing is alive and kicking in Namibia.
It boggles the mind that parents don’t turn up for these events, when there is no entry fee required. I am from Khomas, and my region won the maiden amateur boxing championship in 2014, as well as the 2015 edition.
From what I have heard, Khomas Boxing Federation Chairman, Taks Naule, and his charges are ready and poised to successfully defend their title.
I hope that the various boxing coaches will notice real talent at this tournament, and I wish all the boxers the very best.
May the local boxing tourney be filled to the brim, with all the talent that will be unearthed!
And once again, congratulations to Nestor Tobias and his team, for creating such initiatives.
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