The Masvingo Boxing Federation has stepped up preparations for a bid to dominate this year’s annual National Youth games set for Mutare in August.
BY NYambira Chivasa
Casting its net wider, the federation has managed to spread to rural communities of the province which never had boxing before.
Boxing was mainly confined to the Tongaat communities of Triangle, Hippo Valley, Mkwasine and Mwenezana.
Now the federation is proud of having managed to spread the sport to rural centres like Lundi in Chivi South, Chinorumba and Mutsambwa in Zaka District.
Capacity building programmes have been lined up to develop coaches and ring officials.
Festus Chinezhira Dumbu, the Secretary general of Masvingo Boxing Federation expressed satisfaction over the preparations the province is making ahead of the August National Youth Games.
“The level of acceptance of the boxing sport in schools this year is encouraging. The sport, which used to be confined to clubs only, has now been overwhelmingly accepted into the schools system with training now being done during intra-curriculum time,” Dumbu said.
He added, “This has broadened our talent identification and development base and I don’t see any province stopping Masvingo at this year’s event. We shall make sure the best boxer per weight category for both sexes gets an opportunity to represent the province and possibly the country at international level.”
The provincial federation has been active since September 2014 through holding monthly invitational tournaments augmenting their prospects of staging a polished display at the youth games.
Masvingo has continued to be an unstoppable powerhouse following their successful participation at the Zimbabwe Boxing Federation National High Schools Boxing Championship held on May 30 at Mbizo High School in Kwekwe.
The victory of team Masvingo in Kwekwe speaks volumes of their potential at the National Youth Games.