Kenosi breaks down, quits camp

Breakdown: Kenosi is facing challenges
Breakdown: Kenosi is facing challenges

Keamogetse Sadie Kenosi has laid bare her frustrations following what she terms 'bad treatment' during the boxing national team camp in Gaborone. The boxing team has been in camp since January in an attempt to qualify for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

Kenosi engraved her name in history books when she became the first female boxer in Botswana to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. She told MmegiSport that during the camp, conditions were bad and she spent days crying. “I have long told them that I needed a break but they kept forcing me to train and stay in camp. I could not step into the ring when I could not focus,” she said. Kenosi said she needs a break from boxing, but if she makes a comeback, it would not be for the national team but for professional boxing. “The camp was depressing, no visits were allowed even from family members or even to go out of camp. We did not even have access to entertainment; it was all about training and sleeping. I was forced to train a lot in order to lose weight. It was draining,” she said. Kenosi added since the camp started in January, they were only given two days' break after each competition.

Kenosi’s coach, Thebe Setlalekgos,i said Kenosi has a serious mental problem, which is a challenge faced by many athletes. “Even before she won a gold medal at the 2019 African Games, we were struggling to get her to train. Her body is tired, she has been active for the past 10 years without a break. Boxing is a painful sport, there are issues like dropping weight. She has been struggling and right now she has broken down. We should let her go, recover, and she will come back when she is ready,” he said. Setlalekgosi is confident that before the end of the year, Kenosi will be back in action.

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