Only 2 Boxers to Represent Nigeria at Rio Olympic Games

by on April 2, 2016

A former national boxing head coach, Isaac Ikhuo­ria, yesterday expressed sadness that only two boxers qualified to represent Nigeria at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Out of the 10 boxers (seven men and three women) that participated in the qualifying bouts at Yaoundé, Cameroon, only two boxers qualified to rep­resent Nigeria in Rio, according to the News Agency of Nigeria report.
The qualified boxers are Efe Ajagba and Caroline Linus.
Ikhuoria, who won a bronze medal in the middle weight cat­egory at the 1972 Munich Olym­pics in Germany, said in Lagos that Nigerian boxers were not exposed to regular boxing com­petitions the way they should.
“I am not happy about it; it’s not a good omen for us, and what do you expect?
“There are no regular com­petitions, and I am aware that there are still one or two other qualification competitions.
“But I expected that after they performed well during the All Africa Games, they should have intensified efforts in having more competitions that time, so that they can perform well dur­ing the immediate past competi­tion.
“Now that there is (are) still one or two competitions ahead, I expect that they should take our boxers outside to go and prepare for the competition; you don’t expect to qualify if you are competing among yourselves.’’

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