Eight boxers to fight in Germany
Updated: Aug 6, 2019
Eight local amateur boxers and two coaches left for Germany on Wednesday to participate in various championships from June 29 to July 7, as part of an exchange twinning co-operation between the Eastern Cape government and the German Federation State.
Fezeka Bayeni, MEC for Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture (DSRAC) held a send-off ceremony for the boxers, four males and four females from Centane, Cintsa, Gatyane, Kirkwood, Cofimvaba, Tinarha, Mooiplaas and Mdantsane. “I am proud that you are nurturing your talents. This opportunity will test your strength but we have produced world champions before and I am sure we will add more numbers,” said Bayeni addressing the boxers.
The twinning agreement between the Eastern Cape and the German government was signed in 2015 in Bhisho. The exchange programme has developed a number of athletes such as Thalani Mbenge, the IBO welterweight champion recently crowned Boxing SA’s Boxer of the Year. Ludumo Lamati, the SA Junior Featherweight champion is also one of the boxers who was founded and natured by this programme. “The intention is to foster socio-economic development, foreign investment, and co-operation in areas of technology, sport, HIV/Aids and tourism in our respective provinces,” enthused Bayeni.
This partnership is largely focusing on the international voluntary service sports exchange programmes between the Landessportbund Niedersachsen and the DSRAC, where teams, coaches and team officials exchange different techniques and opinions on how to improve competing with each other.