Anti-GBV boxing tourney set for Livingstone

SOS Children’s Villages Zambia in partnership with Oriental Quarries Boxing Promotions (OQBP) has pumped K25, 000 towards the hosting of the Anti-GBV and Child Abuse charity boxing tournament slated for Livingstone on December 19.

During a briefing held yesterday in Lusaka, SOS Children’s Villages Zambia national director Joseph Munsanje said the number of gender based violence cases had escalated and children bear the physical and emotional torture.

Munsanje said the institution felt the need to partner with OQBP to sensitise the public on the effects of GBV on children.

“In 2008, 6,000 GBV cases were reported but the number increased to 12,000 in 2014. This showed that many children were denied love, respect and security. We want to show the people that boxing belongs in the ring and not in the house. There is a place called the boxing ring where energies can be expended,” he said.

He commended OQBP for taking a role in promoting amateur boxing tournaments, thereby giving the children an opportunity to express their talent.

Meanwhile, OQBP operations manager Christopher Malunga said the partnership with SOS will help the stable identify talent by reaching out to children in different districts. Malunga said the promotion has plans of taking tournaments in every district and sensitize the youth on different cardinal issues affecting them.

“Amateur boxing is the backbone of professional boxing in Zambia hence the need to support it. We will endeavour to stage as many amateur tournaments in many district which is part of the talent identification programme,” he said. He said Catherine Phiri will lead the amateur boxers and offer motivation talks.

The tournament is being sponsored by SOS Children’s Villages Zambia, 7/11 Liquor Store and OQBP.