Botswana’s Kenosi: The First Boxer In The World To Book Olympic Ticket
Sadie Kenosi of Botswana became the first athlete to secure a place in the Olympic boxing tournament at Tokyo 2020 after winning her semi-final at the African qualifier in Dakar.
Kenosi justified her billing as the top seed in the women’s featherweight division as she progressed to the final with victory over Widad Bertal of Morocco at the Dakar International Expo Centre.
The Botswanan is the first boxer from any country to qualify for Tokyo 2020 under a process being led by an International Olympic Committee taskforce after the International Boxing Association’s recognition was suspended in June.
“When I got into the ring today I was confident that I would book my ticket to Tokyo from this fight,” Kenosi said, according to the Olympic Channel.
“That’s all that was going on in my head – the Olympics.
“This win means a lot for women boxing, we are not many in Gaborone.
“And for me to come here and become the first qualifier in boxing from Botswana is huge.”
Khouloud Moulahi of Tunisia will join Kenosi in the featherweight category at Tokyo 2020 after beating the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Marcelat Matshu Sakobi.
Winners of all semi-finals sealed a place at this year’s Olympics on the seventh day of action in the Senegalese capital.