Wednesday, January 19, 2022

BOBA Publicity officer quits

The Botswana Boxing Association (BOBA) Publicity and Information Manager, Willoughby Kemoen has quit his post with the association. Kemoen’s resigned with immediate effect on Monday. The outgoing BOBA Publicity and Information Manager said he had decided to focus on a business venture he is undertaking. Speaking in an interview, Kemoen expressed sadness at his departure from boxing, saying it was a difficult decision to make.
Kemoen says he will not be totally lost to boxing and may return in future when an opportunity beckons again. “The business venture I am undertaking is at its infancy and it will need my full attention, hence my immediate resignation. However, once everything is settled, I will consider making a comeback to boxing,” Kemoen explained. While sad at leaving the sport he has served in an executive capacity for close to ten (10) years, ‘Willough,’ as Kemoen is affectionately called in the boxing fraternity, says he is happy with his contribution to the development of the sport in the country. Having served in the BOBA executive under three presidents; Baeti Molake, Aldrin Tayane and the current President Michael Moroke, the outgoing BOBA Publicity and Information Manager said he was happy to have seen and been part of the growth of boxing in the country. Known for his colorful language as BOBA spokesperson and as a ring announcer during tournaments and BOBA events, Kemoen departs boxing after serving the sport in different capacities for the least 19 years. The outgoing BOBA Publicity and Information Manager’s career in boxing can be traced as far back as 1994 when he helped found Glen Valley Boxing club. A shrewd administrator in his own right and a certified coach with local coaching certificates, Kemoen was also a founding member of a Gaborone based community boxing club, Hearts of Oaks Clube de Boxe in 2002. Kemoen’s career in the BOBA executive started in 2004 when he was elected as its Publicity and Information Manager, a position he held for five years before he lost it to Modibedi Modibedi during the 2009 Annual General Meeting. He would however re-claim the position a year later during BOBA’s 2010 AGM as he beat Modibedi and has held the position up till now. Having attended a Technical Directors Course in Tunisia in 2004, the outgoing BOBA spokesperson is also certified to deal with athletes’ welfare, training of juveniles as well as to deal with sport/boxing marketing.


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