S. African boxer idol dies after knock- out

October 29, 2014 9:20 am 

JOHANNESBURG, Oct. 29 — A South African professional boxer idol passed away last Saturday after a long-term coma caused by a knock-out in the ring, announced South African Sports Confederation and Olympic (SASCOC) on Tuesday.

The 31-year-old boxer Phindile Mwelase was knocked out by another South African boxer, Liz Butler in the ring in Pretoria on October 10.

Tubby Reddy, chief executive officer of SASCOC expressed his condolence when announced this tragedy news on Tuesday.

"Our thoughts go out to Phindile's family and friends as well as the boxing community," Reddy said.

The news of the boxer's death came when South Africa is still mourning the passing away of an Olympic track and field silver medalist Mbulaeni Mulaudzi and the national football team captain Senzo Meyiwa within a space of four days.

"It's a very hard time for South African sport right now. We can only hope that our sportsmen and women can dig deep and find the resolve to work through this loss and come back stronger in the long term," said Reddy.

SASCOC president Gideon Sam said:" Losing three members of different sporting codes in such a short period of time is surely unheard of. I urge the sports family to come together in these sad times and work together to bring some good news to the national sporting public."

The boxer would be laid to rest on Saturday in Kwazulu-Natal province. (PNA/Xinhua)

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