Boxers miss out on big payday

Missing out: Molwantwa (left) in action during last year's Commonwealth Games in Birmingham PIC: GETTY IMAGES
Missing out: Molwantwa (left) in action during last year's Commonwealth Games in Birmingham PIC: GETTY IMAGES

Four Botswana boxers who participated at the IBA World Boxing Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, will return home on Sunday empty-handed.

The biennial tournament is, along the Olympic Games, the highest competition in boxing. Botswana sent Kobamelo Molathegi (48kg), Rajab Mahommed (52kg), George Molwantwa (57kg) and Kagoetsile Raokgwathile (60kg), with Thebe Setlalekgosi as the coach.

By failing to reach podium position, the local boxers missed out on the $200,000 (approx. P2.6million) first prize money, while the first runner-up receives $100,000 (approx. P1.3million) and bronze medallist go home with a still cool $50,000 (approx. P650,000).

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