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$500,000 prize money at stake in inaugural Mandela African Boxing Cup Tournament in Durban, South Africa, April 15-21

The International Boxing Association (IBA) has allocated a total of $500,000 as prize money for the inaugural Mandela African Boxing Cup tournament scheduled for April 15-21 at the International Convention Centre in Durban, South Africa.

The information on prize prize money is contained in SANABO News, a newsletter from the South Africa National Boxing Organisation highlighting the preparations of the highly anticipated Mandela African Boxing Cup tournament which has so far attracted 360 boxers from 41 African countries.

The breakdown on how the money will be shared among the medallists will be announced in due course.

IBA Secretary General and CEO, Chris Roberts OBE, said the one-week tournament is a milestone in Africa boxing and a game changer on the development of the sport in the continent.

“It is a great pleasure to announce the first edition of the Mandela African Boxing Cup taking place in South Africa. Our decision to name the competition after one of the world’s most inspirational personalities is with reason and great respect,” said Roberts.

He went on: “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.”

The head of Local Organising Committee (LOC) Aleck Skhosana said preparations for this big event are now in top gear.

“ICC is ready to welcome thousands of spectators, this is the best way to celebrate the values of unity which Mandela stood for,” Skhosana is quoted as saying in SANABO News.

An excited SANABO President Siyabulela Mkwalo can’t wait for the tournament to happen.

“We’re all looking forward to this great event in recognition of the big role Mandela played in fighting for the liberation of South Africa from apartheid,” said Mkwalo.

IBA is organising the event in conjunction with President Eyassu Berhanu-led Africa Boxing Confederation (AFBC), SANABO and Thembekile Mandela Foundation led by the founder and CEO Ndileka Mandela who is the grand daughter of the late icon Mandela.

The Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture, Zidi Kodwa said they have endorsed the tournament which he said will help in unearthing the talent of several upcoming African boxers.

Credit: AFBC Communication

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