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WORLD CHAMPS SHOCKER: 2 ESWATINI BOXERS DISQUALIFIED

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MBABANE – What was supposed to be a dream outing is turning out to be a nightmare for Eswatini boxers.

The Eswatini Boxing National team is currently away at the International Boxing Association (IBA) IBA World Championships that are running between May 1 and May 14, this year. This is the biggest stage in world boxing. The event is taking place at Tashkent, Uzbekistan. On top of disturbing reports of allegedly missed flights, two of Eswatini’s boxers could not compete due to missing their weighing times.

According to the Eswatini Boxing Association (EBA) Secretary General (SG) Nathi Dlamini, the boxers were not made aware of their weighing times. The affected boxers are Zweli Dlamini (Under-57kg) and Chawe Gamedze (Under-60kg). This then afforded their opponents to win by a walkover. This has really cost Eswatini, as there are only two boxers left to hoist the country’s flag at the World Championships. A walkover is awarded to the opposing boxer, if there are no other boxers available, or they have been disqualified, because the other contestants have forfeited or have withdrawn from the contest due to certain ineligibility. It could not be immediately ascertained how the delegation missed the weigh-in.   

Meanwhile, Sibonelo ‘Mayweather’ Ndzimandze and Thabiso Dlamini had no problems whatsoever in making it to the venue as well as the transportation they needed to board to get to their destination. Thabiso, weighing in at 63.5kg, and Ndzimandze (67kg) are the only two Eswatini Boxers left to represent the Kingdom of Eswatini. Thabiso was expected to fight yesterday, while Sibonelo Ndzimandze will fight tomorrow at a time yet to be confirmed.

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