By Ijeoma Okigbo
Anthony Konyegwachie, the national boxing coach, expressed sadness on Monday at the lack of funds for sponsorship of competitions to keep the huge boxing talent in tip-top shape.
Konyegwachie, who is in Benin for the 20th National Sports Festival, said he was there to discover new talent.
The former boxer told the Nigeria News Agency (NAN) in Abuja that while Nigeria has very promising talents, they lack funds to attend competitions and this could hamper their development.
“Funds are one of the major challenges in sport, especially boxing. For the first time in so many years, we will not be participating in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
“But that’s because we didn’t make the Olympic qualifiers due to lack of funds.
“We also have a world youth competition coming up this month in Poland, but we cannot travel because there is no money.
“Since the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development says there is no money, there is nothing we can do about it,” he said.
The coach, meanwhile, praised Nigerian Boxing Federation president Kenneth Minimah for his efforts in developing the game.
“The President of the Federation has financed most of our activities from his personal funds. It’s not easy for him to do this alone all the time.
“So we are asking for sponsors to come to our aid and help develop this game,” he added. (NOPE)
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