The father of multiple world champion boxer Cassius “The Hitman” Baloyi has called on youth to take up sport to complement their development into adulthood.
Speaking at an event to mark the June 16 uprising, Eric Baloyi, 69, urged youth to rise up to new challenges of their era, namely crime and HIV.
“Participating in sport drives the mind to achieve, as well as keeping the body in good shape,” said Baloyi, a respected boxing trainer.
“If the body and mind are in sync in the quest to achieve, it is easier for young people to ignore temptations such alcohol and casual sex. Sport instils a sense of self-belief, pride and discipline.”
The June 16 event was held at Murhibani cultural heritage site on Saturday and was co-hosted by the local community-based organisation Fihliwe and the departments of heath and social development, education and police.
“I’m also hoping relevant stakeholders intensify the campaign to check the spread of HIV and alcohol abuse.”
Baloyi also advised pupils to prioritise education.
Speaking on behalf of Fihliwe, Masingita Chauke said her organisation had dealt with the challenges Baloyi raised.
“Our project continuously educates the youth in our area about the dangers of HIV and alcohol abuse. We take care of those who are already affected,” she said.