Boxers, wrestlers conclude three-day coaching, training workshop
Innocent Kurira, Sports Reporter
THE Zimbabwe National Boxing and Wrestling Control Board (ZNBWCB) concluded a three-day coaching and training workshop aimed at developing boxing in the country on Sunday.
The workshop was held at a Bulawayo hotel and was facilitated by founder and chairman of BRD Boxing Promotions Manny Fernandes, a renowned award-winning South African boxing trainer and coach, who has produced nine world boxing champions.
A total of 43 delegates drawn from Harare, Bulawayo, Matabeleland South, Matabeleland North, Masvingo and Midlands, with one delegate from Botswana and two from South Africa.
ZNBWCB Bulawayo Province coordinator Adelaide Gumbo said: “Six female delegates attended the workshop, which indicates the inclusive aspect of the training.
The attendance of delegates from Botswana and South Africa also reflects capacity to provide training to the region.”
She said 15 training sessions were conducted in the last two days of the training, with the first day focusing on the basics of boxing, examining the fundamentals of boxing stance, footwork, punching combinations, balance, rhythm, distance, skipping and stretching.
The second day focused on designing boxing training programmes specifically looking into shadow boxing, bag work, sparring, pad work demonstration, sprints, hill training and endurance training.
The final day was revision and practical examination.
ZNBWCB is set to host two events from July 25-27 and July 29-30 in Victoria Falls.
The workshops will target 140 boxing technical officials from all the affiliates in the 12 regions of the World Boxing Company (WBC).
The convention will target 60 leaders of boxing boards and commissions from the 64-member countries in Africa.
WBC will provide internationally-accredited facilitators from the United States and United Kingdom to train participants in the workshop.
After completing training, the officials will get opportunities to officiate in regional, continental and international competitions. — @innocentskizoe