OYDC offers to help revamp amateur boxing in Zambia

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 10:41:46 +0000




THE Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC) is ready to assist the current Zambia Boxing Federation (ZBF) executive committee revamp amateur boxing in Zambia.

OYDC director Clement Chileshe said the centre was looking forward to helping the newly elected ZBF president Kennedy Mubita and his team in producing medal-focused athletes.

In a statement to the Daily Nation by OYDC communications officer Noah Silomba, Chileshe congratulated Mubita for winning the ZBF chief post.

“I am hopeful that the new executive will work strategically to uplift the boxing standards adding that the Centre is looking forward to seeing more young talented boxers qualifying and hopefully bring the country’s second Olympic boxing medal after the 1984 Keith Mwila bronze,” he said.

He noted that facilities for boxing at the OYDC had not been utilized well by ZBF.

“We had good discussions with the former ZBF president and AIBA on how we can develop the OYDC into a national and regional High Performance Boxing Academy but we now need to implement the plan. We need to start now with intensive preps for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and other continental and world competitions such as the 2018 Commonwealth Games,

“I strongly believe we have the talent to bring medals at the world stage as Ben Muziyo has shown us despite returning without a medal from the Rio Games,” Chileshe said.

And Mubita, said his team will work with the OYDC management to ensure that clubs and teams affiliated to ZBF start utilising the sports facilities.

Meanwhile, Mubita announced that he had lifted the suspension on all its members and urged them to work with the newly elected executive.


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