Harare – Over 60 boxers from six countries, in different weight categories, are battling it out in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania for berths in the rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
The boxers converged in the Tanzanian capital early this week and winners in the various weight classes, to be determined this weekend, will book tickets for the quadrennial jamboree.
Over 100 boxers were expected in Tanzania from over 15 countries but the logistical challenges brought by the Covid-19 restricted some from making it.
At the end pugilists from Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda made it.
Zimbabwe managed to send just two boxers due to the logistical and health challenges associated with the pandemic.
Zimbabwe coach Alexander Kwangwari said, “The event is highly charged with boxers keen to make it to the Olympics. It’s unfortunate that most of the boxers from different countries have failed to pitch up due to the logistical COVID-19 challenges.”
The Olympic Games were originally scheduled to be held in Japan last year but organisers had to postpone the, by a year as humanity grappled to fend off the COVID-19 pandemic.
The virus is still raging, but interventions such as vaccinations and ever-improving capacity to stage sporting events in bio-secure bubbles means the Games are on track to be held this year.