By Tichaona Kurewa
VICTORIA Falls will this Saturday host a boxing tournament to select a national team that will represent Zimbabwe at the Region Four Games set for Malawi at the end of this month.
The full day event organised by Victoria Falls Boxing Academy in conjunction with Zimbabwe Boxing Federation, is set to attract more than 150 boxers of all age groups from across the country.
Zimbabwe is preparing for the Zone Four games to be held in Malawi at the end of this month which will feed into the Africa Union Sports Council Region Five Youth games set for end of the year in the same country.
“The tournament will be held in Victoria Falls to select boxers who will represent Zimbabwe at Region 4 games next month in Malawi. The participants are drawn from all the country’s provinces, some provincial tournaments were held during the course of 2021 to select the participants. Those who win in Malawi will represent Zimbabwe and various international tournaments such as the four-nation tournament that will be held in Victoria Falls at the end of this year,” said Tobias Mpfuti-Victoria Falls Boxing Academy.
Participants are confident of their chances with the ticket to represent the country at stake.
“On Saturday I want to win the tournament, I don’t want to lose, I want my team to win. We trained hard for the tournament,” said a boxer.
“I am expecting to win at the tournament, we are training hard here to win, we have been training for three years,” added another.
The National Development Strategy One (NDS1) recognises that sport enhances peace, national tranquility and social cohesion by bringing people together for a common goal and can be used to achieve and promote developmental initiatives at local, national, regional and international levels.
During the NDS1 period, it is envisaged that the levels of participation in sport and recreation activities will increase from 15 percent in 2020 to 27 percent by 2025.