Road to Rio; Ghanaian Boxer Omar plans to end Olympics medal drought

Ghana Boxer Abdul Omar

Team Ghana Boxer, Abdul Omar will be hoping to end a 24 year for an Olympic medal when the 2016 Olympics gets underway on August 5 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Flyweight boxer Abdul Omar has qualified for this year’s Olympic Games in Rio in August after the President Ghana Amateur Boxing Federation’s (GABF); Gideon Quartey received a letter from AIBA indicating Omar had been qualified.

Ghana Boxing team

This special quota was granted after AIBA reviewed all the semi final bouts.

Omar will be making his Olympic debut.

Gideon Quartey said the development was a positive sign as the boxer had worked hard at the Yaounde qualifier.

The commonwealth bronze medalist who made it to the semi finals of a recent qualifier in Yaounde, Cameroun, failed to win the bout thus losing the opportunity to win a bronze medal to book his ticket to the games.

Ghana’s Amateur Boxing team presented 12 boxers at the Yaoundé Qualifier but was unsuccessful at getting into the medal zone to book their places at the multi sport event in Brazil.

The Black Bombers have one final opportunity to qualify more boxers to the Rio Olympics.

The final qualifier event comes off in Azaberdjan in June this year and should provide an opening for the boxers to explore and answer the roll call for the boxing event. The team has set in motion a programme to ensure the ills of the previous qualifier in Yaounde, Cameroun are rectified.




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