Oliver Miller
Wed, Aug 23, 2023 7:45 PM

Nigeria Boxing Federation Commences Camping for Africa Olympics Qualifying Bouts

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Nigeria Boxing Federation Commences Camping for Africa Olympics Qualifying Bouts
The Nigeria Boxing Federation (NBF) has started its training camp for athletes in preparation for the Africa Olympics Qualifying Bouts. With a mandate to ensure Nigeria's qualification for the Paris 2024 boxing events, the NBF has gathered its best boxers for intensive training. The boxers are in high spirits and responding well to the training sessions led by National Coach, Anthony Konyegwechie. The support and motivation for the team are crucial for their success in the qualifiers.

The Nigeria Boxing Federation (NBF) has commenced its training camp for boxers ahead of the Africa Olympics Qualifying Bouts in Dakar, Senegal, from Sept. 6 to 16. The federation aims to secure qualification for the Paris 2024 boxing events.

14 boxers from seven weight categories are currently camped at the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos. The federation has assembled its top athletes, determined to ensure success this time around after missing out on the 2020 Summer Olympics in Japan.

"Nigeria is not lacking in terms of talents; we have them in abundance," said Dapo Akinyele, the Secretary General of NBF. He emphasized Nigeria's history in boxing and the medals won in previous Olympics boxing events.

Anthony Konyegwechie, the National Coach of NBF, expressed his satisfaction with the team spirit and training progress. The boxers are undergoing rigorous morning and evening sessions, focusing on their respective weight categories.

While there is a training camp in Nigeria, there is also another camp in the U.K., with two weight categories for males (92 kg) and females (75 kg). In Nigeria, the weight categories for females are 50 kg, 57 kg, and 60 kg, while the male categories are 57 kg, 63.5 kg, 71 kg, and 80 kg.

Konyegwechie highlighted the need for support and motivation for the boxers. He emphasized the importance of adequate equipment for training and appealed to stakeholders to provide the necessary resources.

"Nothing should derail our ambition of attending the Paris 2024 Olympics because we have no excuse based on our pedigree in Africa," Konyegwechie affirmed. He referenced Nigeria's recent performance at the Africa Boxing Championship in Cameroon, where they secured one gold, one silver, and two bronze medals despite short preparations.

The training is currently taking place at the Gym hall of the National Stadium Surulere Lagos, providing a dedicated space for the boxers to hone their skills and prepare for the Africa Olympics Qualifying Bouts.

The NBF's commitment to ensuring Nigeria's qualification for the Paris 2024 boxing events is evident through this intensive training camp. With the support and motivation of all stakeholders, including adequate resources, Nigeria's boxers have the potential to excel and secure their place in the Olympics.

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