WINDHOEK, 10 APR – Namibia’s Jonas Junias Jonas qualified for the men’s boxing semi-finals at the 2018 Commonwealth Games after beating his opponent from Sri Lanka on Tuesday.
The Commonwealth Games are underway in Queensland, Australia.
The 64 kilogramme (kg) boxer beat Dinindu Ponnawela Vidanalage Don on points after three rounds of boxing. All five judges scored in his favour.
To reach the semi-final the Namibian amateur boxer beat Rashield Williams of Bahrain in the round of 32, Valentin Kondakov of Samoa in the round of 16 and Don in the quarterfinals.
The 2014 Commonwealth Games silver medallist will now face Luke McCormack of England on Friday.
Namibian amateur boxer Matias Hamunyela was knocked out of the competition in the men’s 46-49 kg category by Kenyan fighter Shaffi Hassan on Friday.
On Monday, another Namibian boxer Tryagain Ndevelo was knocked out of the competition in the 60 kg category by Harry Garside of Australia. He lost the fight 0-5.
With Hamunyela and Ndevelo eliminated, Team Namibia’s hopes of winning medals in boxing now remain in the hands of Jonas.
The Namibian team is competing in athletics, bowls, boxing, cycling, gymnastics, Para-sports and triathlon at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, ending on 15 April.