Ready to host boxing tournament

2019-06-25 06:01

The Hanover Park Boxing Academy is wrapping up preparations for its upcoming boxing tournament on Saturday 29 June.

The tournament is making a return after its inauguration last year and will once again cater for boxers on different levels based on their experience.

Igshaan Nazier, organiser and manager for the academy, said while the event is about sport, the plan is to unite the community despite all the criminal challenges. “This is one of our ways to claim our space from the gangsters who are trying to take over,” he expressed.

Nazier said the aim of the event is not purely about competing but about partaking in a community event for the residents.

“The event is not about winning, it is not about medals, it is about getting involved in a community project. It is about families and the community working together All those who will participate will get medals for partaking,” he explained.

Despite the fact that the event will be hosted in Hanover Park, Nazier explained that all interested individuals are welcome to enter. He also added there used to be women who would take part in the boxing. He said if there are some who are interested, they should feel free to enter.

“Last year we had females, this year they dropped. We encourage them to come back,” he added.

His message to the community is for people to remain positive even though there are a lot of criminal activities that are happening. He said there are a lot of inspiring and positive stories in the community, and people need to focus on them.

“In our academy, we have 17 boys who are ex-gangster members, they are training to take part in the event,” he revealed.

He thanked the City of Cape Town for the support and added there are a lot of good people out there despite the bad that is happening.The area’s ward councillor Antonio van der Rheede said he would be attending the event. He said the tournament is designed to change the narrative that Hanover Park is a gangsters’ den. He said the tournament will serve as an inspiration for the children in the area that boxing is a sport one can pursue which can take them somewhere.

“I encourage parents to allow their children to enter. Boxing helps in instilling discipline and also helps to get rid of anger. Our children have anger issues,” he stated.

About the City’s financial support for the tournament, he said he is glad they could help where the help is needed.

“I am proud to be supporting this tournament. It is to show the children that they can make it in life, because in our area we have a Metro Champion,” said van der Rheede .V For more information call Nazier on 021 690 8099.


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