NBF gets busy with Olympic qualifiers

21 January 2020 | Sports

The Namibia Boxing Federation (NBF) is planning to send 12 boxers to Dakar, Senegal for a 2020 Tokyo Olympics qualification tournament, scheduled to take place from 20 to 29 February.

This was confirmed by NBF president Benjamin Rebang last Sunday in an interview with Nampa. Funds permitting, the federation would like to host a training camp in Zambia, he added.

“We would like to host a training camp for these boys. Unfortunately, that needs funding and we have made a submission to the line ministry. Hopefully something will come through,” Rebang said.

He added that they are also looking at hosting a tournament with their Angolan counterparts, who have indicated an interest in participating in a one-week training camp and tournament in Namibia before the qualifiers.

Rebang said they selected the 12 boxers during last year's National Amateur Boxing Championships, which took place in June at Katima Mulilo.

Depending on the boxers' performance at the African qualifying tournament in Senegal, they may send those who fail to qualify to Paris, France, where the world qualification event will take place from 13 to 24 May 2020.

Meanwhile, four boxers – Jonas Junias Jonas, Andreas Shikongo, Nestor Thomas and Try-Again Morning Ndevelo – are back home from America, where they participated in a two-week training camp under an Olympic scholarship.

Speaking to Nampa last Friday, Jonas said the training camp went well, although it was short.

“Hopefully we will get another country to go and prepare before the Olympic qualification, as promised,” he said.

Jonas said the team selected for the qualifiers is capable of making it to Tokyo 2020.

“It doesn't matter where the preparations take place. I have faith that six, if not more, boxers will make it to the Olympics this year,” he added.

NAMPA

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