Africa Boxing Qualifier; Why Nigeria Boxers are not in Camp

retired Lt.-Gen Kenneth Minimah

Less than a month to the 2016 Olympics Qualifying Tournament in Cameroun, the Nigeria Boxing Federation is yet to resume camp.

According to a source (name withheld), he attributed the delay in camping the national boxing team to the current investigation faced by the President, Nigeria Boxing Federation retired Lt.-Gen Kenneth Minimah.

He said the investigation been conducted by the Economic and financial crime commission (EFCC) has gone a long way in affecting the disbursement of funds.

The source noted that the federation cannot spearhead the camping exercise without its president.

15 male and nine female with five making the final trip to Cameroon in the men’s division while three will represent Nigeria in the women’s event in Yaounde, Cameroon.

Nigeria will compete in 69kg, 75kg, 81kg, 91kg and +91kg in the men’s category while in the women’s division; Nigeria will compete in three recognized weight categories – 51kg, 60kg and 75kg.

3 female boxers will compete for the three slots in the women event are 2015 African Games medalists,  Edith Agu-Ogoke, Caroline Linus and Kehinde Obareh, while the likes of Efetobor Apochi, Efe Ajagba will battle for the five slots in the men’s event.

Meanwhile, qualification for the boxing events at the 2016 Summer Olympics is based on the APB and WSB World Rankings, APB and WSB World and Olympic Qualifier, the 2015 World Championships, and the 2016 World Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

For both men and women, each boxer is selected to compete for the Games through the four Continental Olympic Qualifying Tournaments to be held in 2016.



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