Botswanian crowned regional boxing champions

14:00, May 16, 2011      

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Hosts Botswana were in this weekend crowned the inaugural champions of the Africa Zone IV elite Boxing Championships in the capital Gaborone.

Botswana garnered 28 points in the six-day tournament to be crowned champions ahead of 10 other nations competing. Mauritius came second with 22 points followed by Namibia on third position with 16 points.

Botswana had six boxers making it to the finals that were played on Saturday afternoon. In total, eight boxers from the host nation made it within medal reach of the competition giving them an upper hand as far as garnering more medals was concerned. At the end, Botswana won four gold, two silver and two bronze medals to top the championship medal charts with eight medals.

The tournament was used as a qualifier for the Africa Boxing Championships to be hosted by Cameroon in June. The finalists from the championship will also make it to the 2011 All Africa Games that will be hosted by Mozambique in September.

In addition to be crowned champions, Botswana went on to sweep some individual awards with 49kg boxer Bathusi Mogajane winning bout of the tournament. Another boxer, Oteng Oteng (52kg) was named the best boxer of the tournament. Oteng beat Mauritian Gilbert Ludovic Bactora to win gold in the 59kg finals.

A total of 64 boxers from the 11 participating countries made it from the preliminary stages of the championships with a total of 57 bouts taking place.

Four countries, Zambia, Angola, Comoros Islands and Malawi did not make it to the championships. It was a dissatisfactory performance for defending champions Namibia who despite of having five boxers in the finals could only salvage 16 points to finish third.

Namibia won the championships two years back in South Africa when it was still known as Zone VI championships. The African Boxing Federation (ABF) took a decision last year to rename the region zone IV so as to accommodate more countries and increase the level of the competition. Island nations Seychelles, Mauritius, Madagascar and Comoros are new additions to the region.

Source: Xinhua
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