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Maba earmark 16 for Commonwealth Games

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Malawi Boxing Association (Maba) intends to identify 16 amateur boxers to represent the country at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England from July 28 to August 8.

Maba is waiting for the Malawi Olympic Committee (Moc) and the government to confirm its participation at the games as well as its quota for athletes.

However, the association’s vice president Francis Kazakalowa said they had made plans to start early preparations ahead of the games.

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“We do not want to be caught unawares when Moc notifies us [Maba] that we will take part in the games. This is why we are planning to send 10 males and six females. We are also planning to have two local preparatory bouts,” he said.

Kazakalowa also revealed that the tri-nation tournament which involves Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi was on the cards.

“The idea is to camp for a week in Zambia and also engage in sparring and non-title fights in readiness for the Commonwealth Games,” he said.

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Kazakalowa said Maba had selected some boxers to compete in two local championships whereby outstanding amateurs will be shortlisted to undergo strenuous training.

“Process of identifying boxers is underway as there is a pool of 36 boxers who qualify as per criteria. The three main tournaments outlined will assist in filtering the boxers up to the required number. We want the cream of boxers who can bring medals.

“We are also lobbying with potential sponsors to have a tournament next month in Mzuzu which will give a chance to the earmarked boxers to showcase their talent on a ring and also give a chance to a team of selectors to appreciate and probably make final decisions,” he said.

In the last African Union Sports Council Region 5 Games held in Maseru, Lesotho, Malawi scooped six medals out of the eight boxers that went to participate.

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