NOC-K challenges KBF to develop boxing feeding programs after Russia’s bad show
Kenya National Olympic Committee (NOCK) Treasurer Anthony Kariuki urged the Kenya Boxing Federation to come up with a stimulus package to revitalize the National Hit Squad.
Kariuki’s remarks follow the disappointing performances of Kenyan boxers who competed in Konstatin Korotkov’s international boxing championships.
According to Kariuki, the Kenyan pugilists fought against very young tactical boxers in Russia, hence the need for BFK to change tactics and hire young talent to strengthen Hit Squad, for future missions.
Kariuki was the head of the Kenyan delegation at the Konstatin Korotkov International Boxing Championships in the city of Khabarovsk, which ended on Saturday with Kenya finishing second behind Morocco among African countries that participated in the tournament after winning two medals from bronze.
“The championship was very good. We were represented by our talented boxers against players they might meet in Tokyo during the Olympics. But now it’s important for BFK to come up with a starting schedule as most of our opponents are under 25 and our players are over 30 which affects our performance even though they played well. It was very important to get the team involved in another international friendly competition before going to Japan, ”said Kariuki.
His feelings come at a time when the Kenya Boxing Federation is planning to send the four boxers qualified for the next Olympics to the Philippines for another tournament.
Recently, BFK Competitions Secretary John Waweru confirmed that they have written to the Kenyan government through the Sports Ministry to express their intention to travel to the Philippines upon their return from Russia.
At the tournament in Russia, team captain Nick Okoth won a bronze medal in the featherweight division (57 kg) while Olympian Elly Ajowi also won a bronze medal in the super heavyweight category ( over 91 kg).
But flyweight boxer (48kg) Christine Ongare and welterweight (69kg) Elizabeth Akinyi finished fifth in their respective weight classes.
The team will arrive at JKIA at 7 p.m. Kenya time today after starting their journey on Sunday.
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