The tournament was supposed to have taken place in Jwaneng on Saturday. Boxing held its executive committee elections five months ago, which ushered in a new leadership.
Botswana Boxing Association secretary general, Lefiri Moremi wrote to clubs informing them of the postponement at the last minute.
Setlalekgosi told Monitor Sport that clubs made the biggest mistake when they replaced the previous committee “with people who know nothing about boxing”. He said it was a wrong move to cancel the championship.
“It is the first time in 24 years that the championship has been cancelled. The championship is not about money and sponsorship cannot be used as an excuse to cancel it,” he argued. He said the cancellation has financial implications as clubs had used their resources in preparations. He said the matter could have been discussed with clubs before cancellation. Setlalekgosi said the championship could have been held without prize monies or medals. He said performance comes before money.
“This is the downfall of boxing. We are losing boxers to professional boxing. Boxers had to go through 12 bouts to qualify and that was hard work. We cannot have awards with such a situation since nominees are decided during national championships. How would we