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Inaugural Mandela African Boxing Cup to take place this April in Durban

The inaugural Mandela African Boxing Cup will take place from 15-21 April at the International Convention Centre in Durban, South Africa. With the blessing of his family, it has been named after the great South African leader, activist and advocate for peace, Nelson Mandela.

The competition, organized by IBA, the African Boxing Confederation (AFBC) and the South African Boxing Organization (SANABO), will feature 12 women’s and 13 men’s weight categories.

IBA Secretary General and CEO, Chris Roberts OBE, said: ‘It is a great pleasure to announce the first edition of the Mandela African Boxing Cup taking place in South Africa this April 2024. Our decision to name the competition after one of the world’s most inspirational personalities is with reason and great respect.’

‘Dear teams, let’s take Mandela’s dedication to boxing as a strong inspiration for young generations and glorify his name through the Mandela Cup to make it a yearly tradition,’ Roberts went on to add.

When incarcerated as a political prisoner during apartheid South Africa, Mandela practiced boxing as a means of self-discipline and to support his mental health, calling the sport “egalitarian”, due to its ability to transcend race, religion, or wealth.

As a result, the Thembekile Mandela Foundation supports the tournament, working in partnership with IBA, founded by current CEO and granddaughter of Nelson Mandela, Ndileka Mandela.

Siyabulela Mkwalo, President of SANABO, said: ‘South Africa celebrates the staging of this event as it symbolises our recognition of the role played by Nelson Mandela in fighting for liberation of our country from apartheid whilst promoting worldwide peace and stability.’

‘It is our considered view that this event will educate and inspire many young African men and women from all walks of life to follow on his achievements,’ Mkwalo went on to say.

The Mandela African Boxing Cup has already received interest from over 345 boxers representing 38 nations to attend the inaugural event.

Credit: IBA

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