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Lack of facilities hampering boxing in Kenya

28 August 2013, 16:20 Robert Chepkwon

Nakuru - Lack of training equipment in boxing has resulted to poor performance by the Kenyan boxing team especially when the team participates in international events.

According to an Amateur International Boxing Association (AIBA) referee Mwangi Muthoga, Kenya has the potential to produce elite boxers who are capable of bagging medals in international boxing championships.

Muthoga says lack of equipment in training clubs has caused Kenya a great loss in the hunt for medals especially in Olympics.

“It is disgraceful to see our talented Kenyan youth boxers get wasted in the estates while the government has the capacity to sponsor local clubs by providing training facilities in a bid to exploit and nurture the talents,” said Muthoga.

Muthoga alias Don King who doubles up as Nakuru Madison Square boxing club committee member has called on county governments leadership across the country to set aside funds towards supporting the sporting event.

On his part, Kenya Police Chafua Chafua coach Patrick ‘Mont’ Waweru urged the national government to take the boxing sports seriously and echoed Muthoga’s sentiments, adding that improvement of boxing facilities can be another way of creating job opportunities to the talented youth.

However, Waweru says his Kenya Police team has quite enough training facilities, which he alludes to the continued success displayed by the team.

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