LEBA to host gala dinner

LEBA to host gala dinner

Maseru – After hosting a successful tournament last month — the first since its election — the Lesotho Boxing Association’s (LEBA) new committee will host a follow-up gala on Saturday at Maria ‘MaBasotho Hall.

The competition is part LEBA’s stated drive to revive local boxing. The committee, elected in March, is led 2006 Commonwealth Games silver medal winner Moses Kopo.
LEBA public relations officer Katiso Tšenoli said Saturday’s event was hastily arranged after a “dine and box” competition, which was meant to follow last month’s tournament, was postponed to June by sponsors InsureCare Insurance Brokers.

“We couldn’t wait for June because we want to start arranging fights as we promised the members of our boxing clubs,” Tšenoli said.
“That pending tournament will still go on but, in the meantime, we decided to hold a tournament for our boxers so that they should not spend a long time without a fight.”
He continued: “We want to see the standard of boxing return to the good old days of the legend Moses Kopo, so we want to host as many tournaments as possible.”

Tšenoli added LEBA wants to host competitions often “so as to have a good selection of boxers to fight internationally”.

“If we can have many local tournaments we will be able to have a very good selection of boxers and the boxers themselves will work hard so that they will have a golden opportunity of being selected for the international tournaments,” he explained.

Tšenoli also thanked Boitumelo Constructions.
“They helped with the transportation of the ring and the hiring of the hall while Checkmate Fast Food will help with the food for the referees as well as important guests.”

Mohloai Mpesi

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