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Games: Boxing targets 1998 record

Games: Boxing targets 1998 record

TANZANIA boxers seem to head for the 1998 Club Games record, 24 years after Michael Yombayomba won the country’s first gold in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

This time in Birmingham, England, pugilists Yusuf Changalawe and Kassim Mbundwike are trying to reach that record, but they have first to reach the final stage.

On Wednesday, Changalawe sailed to the semi-final after smashing Arthur Langelier of St. Lucia in the Light heavyweight 75kg - 80kg.

Changalawe destroyed St Lucia Isles boxer Arthur Langelier by technical knockout in a quarterfinal bout.

The victory has assured a bronze medal for Tanzania. However, if he wins in the semis against Scottish boxer Sean Lazzerini, he might win gold or silver.

Such an achievement is excellent as Tanzania won the last boxing medal in 1998 through Yombayomba, and since then, Tanzania has not earned a medal through boxing, that making a 24-year wait.

For five decades boxing has been one of the major hopes for Tanzania.

Titus Simba, who won a middleweight silver medal at the Commonwealth Games of Scotland in 1970, brought the first boxing medal to the country.

After his success, boxing became a favourite game that drew bigger audience.

Other boxing legends are Willy Isangura, Haji Ally, Emmanuel Mlundwa, Ahmed Tesha, Mambeya Bakari, Patrick Mwangata, Lucas Msomba, Gerard Michael and Neva Mkadala.

It was a joyous moment for the Tanzanian boxer as he paraded the victory with other national team members singing and dancing for success.

In the celebration parade, the Minister for Culture, Arts and Sports, Deputy Permanent Secretary Saidi Yakubu, led the athletes and sports officials to sing glory for the country.

Mbudwike sailed to the quarters after defeating Rafail Pafios of Cyprus by points in the Light Middleweight category (67-71kilogramme).

Following the achievement, the Head of State, Samia Suluhu Hassan, issued her appreciation to the national team.

The remarks were delivered to players by the Minister for Arts, Culture and Sports Mohammed Mchengerwa through a phone call.

He urged the players to keep up the hard work and return to Dar es Salaam with medals through the phone call.

Other than boxing, Winfrida Makenji will participate in a 200-meter race.

In her first race on Tuesday, Makenji left the race in tears after being disqualified in the Women's 100m race due to a false start.

After her dismissal from that event, Her coach Suleiman Nyambui explained that Makenji is a good runner. Still, the fear and lack of experience contributed to her elimination at the beginning of the race.

Nyambui noted that Makenji made the mistake of pulling out before a gunshot, whereas, in a big competition like the Commonwealth, the punishment is disqualification from the race.

 

 

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