WINDHOEK, 10 MAY – Commonwealth Games gold medallist Junius Jonas will not turn professional until after the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.
The 24-year-old boxer recently won gold at the Commonwealth Games in Australia. His first medal at those games is a silver won in Glasgow, Scotland in 2014.
Speaking to the media after receiving a N.dollars 50 000 reward from Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC) on Thursday, Jonas said he has now set his sights on competing at the 2020 Olympic Games.
“The Australian Commonwealth Games were not my last games as an amateur boxer, because I am now going to work hard for the Tokyo Games. I plan to turn professional after those games,” he said.
He added that his participation in the Commonwealth Games has motivated him to aim for gold at the next Olympics.
With regards to his reward from MTC, Jonas said he was delighted by the gesture, which shows that his hard work and talent are being recognised.
“This reward is an encouragement to work hard as an athlete. I am hoping to fight the best boxers in Africa to keep myself fit for the Olympics,” Jonas said.
The boxer, who was a flagbearer for Namibia during the Parade of Nations at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil, did not progress past the first round after he was defeated by Hassan Amzile of France.
His performance was affected by his arrest for alleged sexual harassment on a housekeeper at the Olympic Village in Rio de Janeiro before his first fight.