Boxing mourns Suntele

Boxing mourns Suntele

MASERU – The Lesotho Boxing Association (LEBA) is mourning last Friday’s shocking and untimely death of boxing Olympian Inkululeko Suntele.
According to LEBA public relations officer, Katiso Tšenoli, Suntele was stabbed while in town with friends and died before he could be taken to hospital.

His memorial service will be held next week. Suntele, who was known as ‘Matsipane’ in boxing circles, rose to prominence over the past three years as one of Lesotho’s best boxers. Suntele was born on April 30, 1994 and died while under the Olympic Solidarity scholarship for next year’s Commonwealth Games set to be held in Australia.

Suntele represented Lesotho at numerous international events including the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil, after he won a silver medal at the AIBA African Olympic Qualification Event held in Yaoundé, Cameroon, earlier in the year.
He started representing the country at the age of 14.

Suntele’s first tournament in national colours was a junior boxing event in Botswana in 2008 where he won a gold medal.
In 2014, he was part of Lesotho’s team at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. He also competed in various boxing championships in the country and in South Africa where he established himself as one of the region’s most talented fighters.

Along with fellow 2016 Rio Olympian Moroke Mokhotho, Suntele formed a promising one-two punch for Lesotho.
A shocked Tšenoli said LEBA is devastated by Suntele’s death.

He said his death comes at a time when the association is finalising preparations for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games next March.
Tšenoli said Suntele was just not a boxer.

He said Suntele was a winner and LEBA had pinned its hopes on him.
“From what we heard from the family when they told us the news, Suntele left his home in Sea Point with his friend to go to the bus stop and that is where he was stabbed to death. That’s what we know so far. He passed away before he could even be taken to the hospital,” Tšenoli said.

“This is sad news of course and as his boxing family we are shocked. It is unbelievable. The news shocked us. Suntele together with Moroke were under the Olympic Solidarity programme for next year’s Commonwealth Games. We chose him for the scholarship because we knew he had potential to bring us a medal. This is a big loss to us,” he said. Suntele will be laid to rest at his home in Sea Point on November 11.

Luciah Phahla

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