There is an array of hope for Nigeria to feature in boxing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics so said by the national coach, Tony Konyegwachie. The country’s boxers due to lack of funds, missed the African Olympics qualifiers that held between 20th -29th Feb 2020 in Dakar, Senegal, sparking fears that Team Nigeria will have no boxers at an Olympic Games for the first time since the 1988 Games in Seoul, South Korea.
Team Nigeria also missed the first opportunity to qualify when the team missed the AIBA World Championships last year in Russia. In a chat with the national team coach, he hinted that the COVID-19 Pandemic had thrown up an avenue for Nigerian boxers to qualify to represent the country at the Olympics, and an opportunity to make it to the games awaits the country’s boxers through the world qualifiers in Paris, France.
He stated that the pandemic had caused the qualifiers earlier scheduled for 13th -20th May 2020, to be shifted till next year, adding that it will afford the National Sports Commission (NSC), the opportunity to provide the adequate fundings for the boxers.
By Ugochukwu Okeiyi, NCN Sports Desk Editor