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'Ringside' seat for Stan Sono

By unknown | May 11, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

Stanley Sono might have travelled around the globe, rubbed shoulders with the rich and famous when he was in boxing, but being in the front rows when President Jacob Zuma was inaugurated was his greatest moment ever.

Sono has been involved with boxing since the 60s and he treasures its moments but Saturday was the greatest.

"It was mind boggling," he said He was there due to the Order of Ikamanga, which was bestowed on him by former president Kgalema Motlanthe last year.

That award is bestowed on individuals who have excelled in arts, culture, literature, music, journalism and sport.

Currently Sono, 73, serves Boxing SA as a time-keeper.

Sono and Motlanthe, the country's deputy president, know each other from their days as footballers.

Sono said he played for Moroka Swallows while Motlanthe featured for Spa Sporting Club from Pretoria.

"Being at the inauguration of the country's president is an experience never to be forgotten," he said.

"This is a milestone for boxing. To the powers that be, boxing must be recognised as a national sport.

"We are working on development and we want to bring it back to the townships so that it can regain its rightful place as one of the top two sporting codes here," he said.

In February, Boxing SA and SABC conferred national colours on Sono, Ezekiel Mtshali and Eric Gabelana.

Mtshali, who is also in his 60s, trained and matched fighters. He is part of BRD Promotions which nurtured the talent of Isaac Hlatswayo.

Gabelana, 75, promoted fights in the Border region in the 50s.


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