Olympic boxing hopeful Tefo Kesotshepa Maitewa has died aged 22 after recently being diagnosed with a brain tumour. Maitewa died near his village in Molepolole in Botswana, 60 kilometres from the country’s capital Gaborone. 

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The bantamweight last competed in February when he featured at the African qualifiers for the Tokyo Olympic Games in Senegal. He stretch to the quarter-finals at the Dakar Arena, succeeding in his initial bout against Guinea Bissau’s Junior Felix Mendes.

Although he ultimately missed out on a place at Tokyo Olympic, it was hoped he could secure a spot through the world qualifiers in 2021 and become Botswana’s first Olympic male boxer since Oteng at London 2012.

Compatriot Sadie Kenosi

Compatriot Sadie Kenosi had already qualified for Tokyo Olympics at the event in Dakar. Maite began competing for Botswana in 2016 and travelled to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games as a sparring partner. 

“To Botswana boxing, it’s a great loss,” said Taolo Tlouetsile, the Botswana Boxing Association’s public relations officer.

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Africa’s Young Boxers

He was so superior to the team and was obviously amongst Africa’s young forthcoming boxers that we were emerging. In new months, Maitewa had agonized a series of severe annoyances and was diagnosed with a brain tumour.

He was released from intensive care at the start of the month and transferred to a hospital in Molepolole. Maitewa’s disorder was thought to be stable, with Tlouetsile telling his death as a shock.  

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