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NC Boxing gets its corner in order

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FILE PICTURE: The newly-elected executive of the Francis Baard Open Boxing Organisation: (L- R) Brad Delport, Raymond Mothobi, Lourens Ellis, Richard Mfuku, John marumo and Cynthia Phakadi. Picture: Supplied

We want to deliver an efficient and effective governance, regulatory and leadership framework.

THE NORTHERN Cape Open Boxing Organisation (NCOBO) have installed new district and provincial executive committees which will step in to direct the organisation’s plans to field junior and school-based boxers in upcoming national tournaments planned for October and December.

NCOBO executive members, deputy chairman Raymond Mothobi, public relations officer Brad Delport and Francis Baard region deputy chairperson Lourens Ellis, all hailed the consecutive elections for the district and province as a “resounding success”.

Mothobi and Delport explained that the organisation has had a long existence spanning over five decades. During that time the organisation adopted new names which coincided with changes to the constitution and its admission policies.

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Lourens summed up the organisation’s aims and objectives. “We want to deliver an efficient and effective governance, regulatory and leadership framework,” he said.

“The Northern Cape Boxing Organisation must provide strong leadership, best practices and a regulatory environment to support the membership in its aims, values and delivery of the sport,” he added. “We have to Invest in and increase the skills and training of our membership by upskilling and training coaches, referees and judges, officials and volunteers.”

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Meanwhile, Mothobi confirmed that the NCOBO will take four elite fighters and one youth boxer to the South African National Boxing Organsation’s (SANABO) national championship set to take place in Kuils River near Cape Town from October 5-9.

Those selected in the elite squad include: Mojalefa Duiker (48kg), Lebogang Mohosh (51kg), Otlotleng Mocwana (60kg), Letlhogonolo Kaitsane (57kg) and youth boxer Tshepang Tsesebe (57kg).

Mothobi’s own team Freedom Boxing Club will on October 16 host its own club championship tournament at the old Jules Katz building in Beaconsfield.

“The purpose of the tournament is to ensure that we groom young talent in the junior and youth divisions,” Mothibi said. “We also stage this tournament as a preparatory phase for a planned national tournament which will be promoted sometime in December,” he added.

The provincial executive elected on August 28 is made up of Lourens Ellis (president), Raymond Mothobi (deputy president), Andile Vika (secretary), Richard MFuku (deputy secretary), John Marumo (development officer), Cynthia Phakadi (treasurer), with additional members: Ntombikayise Seate, member of athletes commission, and Tshepang Tsesebe.

The Frances Baard Open Boxing Organisation executive members elected on August 21 are Greg Reid (chairperson), Lourens Ellis (deputy chairperson), Brad Delport (PRO), Patricia Reid (treasurer), Archie Jack (secretary), Patience Seleka (deputy secretary) and Joseph Magugwane (additional member).

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