THE Buffalo City Boxing Federation was in high spirits on Saturday when it received their outstanding boxing equipment at the Gompo Hall in Duncan Village.
Sport organiser Thulani Mhlubulwana said last year the federation had received a donation of R250000 for 25 clubs to buy boxing equipment from the Buffalo City Metro after they had asked for assistance, but the order did not arrive on time.
“We finally received the order and we are very grateful for this equipment as it will boost amateur boxing. We do not have much support as our federation is not recognised by the government. It is donations like these that revive the boxing spirit,” Mhlubulwana said.
He said that it was important for the children who are aspiring boxers, to see the support and opportunities that come with sports.
“Most of these boxers who are on a amateur level come from disadvantaged families and to , it is important for them to be involved in these opportunities could as they will one day open doors for them, as well as give them a title as world champions,” he ventured.
BCM spokesmanperson Samkelo Ngwenya said the donation was done in the 2016-17 financial year but the order took time. He said they are supporting boxing in the metro to develop the youth.
“We are a rural Mmetro which prides itself with sports development and boxing in particular is what gives hope to many destitute homes around our region,” Ngwenya said.
“We have many sports development initiative, putting money into boxing both from a developmental point of view and supporting gyms and boxers towards developing the youth.”