THE lack of sporting activities due to lockdown measures has left many sportsmen and sportswomen with no way of making a living.
This was revealed by Joseph Benhard of Kilimanjaro Boxing Club in Oshakati on Saturday.
Kilimanjaro Boxing Club through MTC assisted amateur and professional boxers with food items to ease their word during the COVID-19 lock down.
The boxing house donated over 40 food parcels to Oshakati based boxers.
According to Benhard the fact that all types of contact sports were halted by regulations of the State of Emergency where the one meter distance put in place to curb the spread of COVID-19, many of the boxers were left jobless.
“The sport of boxing countrywide came to a halt which affected all of us. Some of the boxers went back home in the rural areas because they have no permanent employment,” he said.
He indicated that many of those boxers come from as far away as the Omusati and Ohangwena regions to put their fighting skills to work.
Oshana Regional Governor, Elia Irimari, said the country is faced with a difficult time where many activities came to a stop.
However, Irimari, stated that people should understand that death is very detrimental to the society whereas the value of adhering to the regulations will be more beneficial in the long run.
Irimari suggested that all boxers should keep up with their personal exercises to stay in shape. He said they could do shadow boxing and push-ups while not training formally.
He urged the athletes to volunteer for COVID-19 assistance committees or start doing backyard gardening to keep busy.