Enugu State Boxing Team for the just concluded 2022 National Open Boxing Trials Championship held in Kaduna from March 23rd – 30th, 2022 has expressed displeasure over the level of ill-treatment meted out to them before, during, and after the competition; stressing that the state sports authorities are not taking responsibility.
The week-long tournament served as an avenue to select boxers for camping ahead of the Commonwealth Games scheduled to take place at the Alexander Stadium, Birmingham from July 28th – 8th August 2022.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with newsceterng.com sports Correspondent, Ugo Okeiyi at the boxing gym after their training session yesterday at the Sports Council, Independence Layout, bronze medalist, Kelechi Franklin who is excited about his performance at the tournament, lamented over the attitude displayed by the officials.
Reacting to what the experience was like competing with different athletes, Udo Somto, an indigene of Enugu State who won a silver medal at the championship said the camp was about drills and training to select the best boxers.
Udo revealed that the injury he sustained during the sparing program affected his performance to some extent.
On her part, Esther Joseph, a former footballer, and military personnel with the 82 division army cantonment expressed gratitude to everyone that has impacted positively in her career, urging aspiring female boxers to be focused and hardworking to reach their peak.
It would be recalled that the Team Enugu which comprises 5 male and a female boxers won a total of 5 medals (1 silver, 4 bronze) and five boxers from the contingents have been called to the national camp in preparation for the forthcoming competition.