News:Government appeals to business community to support Manyuchi

<vote /> Sport and Recreation Minister Makhosini Hlongwane, has appealed to the business community to support the first international boxing tournament to be held in the country next month when Charles Manyuchi defends his WBC silver welterweight title. Manyuchi is scheduled to face Frenchman Damien Martin at the Harare International Conference Centre on October 14. This will be his first international fight on home soil and for the tournament to be successful a budget of $172 000 has been drawn up.

Addressing a breakfast meeting at the launch of the tournament sponsorship package yesterday, Hlongwane said,

This forthcoming fight against Damien Martin of France is an important fight for Charles as it is going to be his first on home soil. As a matter of fact, it is the biggest championship of this magnitude to be fought on Zimbabwean soil. Ladies and gentlemen, sport does not operate as an enclave, but relies upon support from the corporate world. It is through direct involvement of the corporate sponsors in sport that will enable the emergence of many Manyuchis in boxing and athletes or renown in other sporting codes.

The breakfast meeting was organised by Manyuchi’s Zambian stable, Oriental Quarries Boxing Promotions and was held with support from the Ministry of Sport and Culture, Manyuchi’s local sponsor Mr T35 and the business community. Oriental Quarries Boxing promotions are also looking to have the bout beamed live on national broadcasting station ZBC for free as an incentive to sponsors.

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