The mining giant, Debswana has injected P250 000 into the Annual Botswana Boxing Awards, elevating the sponsorship money from P50 000 in a partnership that dates as far back as 2010.
Speaking at the Sponsorship launch on Tuesday night, Debswana Head of Human Resources Lebole Mokoto said since 2010, Debswana and BOBA have enjoyed warm relations characterised by mutual interest, shared values and vision.
“The Debswana Boxing Awards have set a couple of objectives and one of those is to recognize excellence for both athletes and officials; these annual awards should motivate upcoming youngsters to develop positive attitude so that they become competitive in the zonal, continental and international competitions,” Mokoto alluded. Moreover, Mokoto said Debswana noticed the immense contribution of sports in humanity, “We will continue to support various Sporting codes including boxing through our corporate social investment program, the program has been established to create and build sustainable projects and investment so that we make meaningful impact in the country’s economy.”
For his part BOBA President Thato Patlakwe said the awards create a keen interest and strengthen competitiveness amongst boxers,
“They make boxing events exciting to participate in and the sponsorship has reassured boxers and picked up their morale.” Patlakwe said the awards have helped destigmatize women in boxing as the belief that women cannot play the sport of boxing is slowly fading out. “BOBA has through these awards acknowledged and rewarded women for their positive contribution to the development of women boxing in the country.”
The awards ceremony will be hosted on September 8 in Gaborone.