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Termoto beacon of hope for Ongwediva

Termoto beacon of hope for Ongwediva

Maria David

THE opening of Termoto boxing and fitness gym has been described as huge investment and a true demonstration of human empowerment through sports done at the town of Ongwediva.

Established in 2022, the club has 18 amateur boxers and two professional fighters under its wing, with the hope of growing its pool of boxers.

Ongwediva mayor Taarah Shalyefu said the centre adds value to the development of sport in the town in a time when the country is battling with the coronavirus pandemic.

OPEN: Ongwediva Mayor Taarah Shalyefu and other sport supporters were at the official opening of Termoto boxing and fitness gym. Photo: Maria David

Shalyefu made the remarks during the official opening of the Termoto boxing and fitness gym at Efidi Lomulunga in Ongwediva on Friday, saying the facility will contribute to crime reduction by keeping the youth busy.

“The communities of Ongwediva will make use of these opportunities and facilities made available to the best of our abilities,” he said.

He stressed that the town has prioritized investing in development and upgrading the sport facilities around the town to make sure that their residents have conducive environments to train their bodies and remain healthy at all times.

Shalyefu then called on individuals and business communities to invest in sport not only for the benefit of the town but the country at large.

Ongwediva constituency councillor Andreas Uutoni also applauded the founders of Termoto, saying the northern central areas have potential for discovering talented boxers.

“Once discovered, and well-trained, they have the potential of flying the Namibian flag on international level,” he added.

Termoto chairperson Emvula Emvula said the Oshana Region is a mine that needs to be explored, as far as boxing is concerned.

He said Termoto is a dream that took six years to be realised and today it became a reality, having gone through a lot of trials and tribulations.

“This is a clear indication that dreams are valid and do come true, with commitment, hard work and dedication. We are a living testimony that anything is possible,” he said.

Hence, Emvula said they intend to sharpen skills, teach the craft of boxing and at the same time present impressive results to the world.

He stressed that the facility being opened belongs to the community, with the purpose of growing, promoting and improving the art of boxing.

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