Nigeria Urged To Revive Boxing

Antonio Tarver, Lateef KayodeThe dwindling fortune of Nigerian boxing will not be revived unless drastic actions are taken to bring back the country’s glory days.
This was the submission of Nigeria’s boxing chief coach, David Amade who called for the immediate revival of the sport in the West African country.
Amade, who doubles as president of the Nigeria Boxing Coaches Association, explained that the National Sports Commission, NSC, ought to bankroll nationwide boxing competitions to produce more talented boxers for the country.
“The government has neglected boxing in Nigeria for years. The sport has always been a source of medals for the country. In fact, the first three Olympic medals ever won by Nigeria came from boxing. But one cannot imagine why the sport appears to have been abandoned”, the coach said.
Amade also stated that the neglect of boxing by the Nigerian government has ‘rubbished’ the nation’s past records in the sport, especially at major international competitions.
He therefore advised that steady sponsorship of competitions will strengthen many youths in the country, noting that this will engage them productively.
“To raise world class boxers, Nigeria needs to stage at least five competitions annually. Aside from that, motivation is key to getting the best out of anyone. As at now, boxers are poorly motivated in this country, and this is discouraging many talents from coming into the sport”, the chief coach noted.
Going down memory lane, Nigeria’s first ever Olympic medal came from the late Nojeem Maiyegun, who won a bronze medal in the light middleweight class at the 1964 games in Tokyo.
The country also won another bronze at the Munich Olympic Games of 1972, through Issac Ikhuoria in the light heavyweight class.
Peter Konyegwachi won a silver in the featherweight category for Nigeria at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games, while David Izonritei and Richard Igbineghu won a silver medal each in the heavyweight and super heavyweight categories respectively at the Barcelona Games.

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