Kickboxing coach urges athletes to stay fit
10 July 2014, 20:35
Abuja - Cletus Okagbe, head coach of the Kickboxing Federation of
Nigeria (KBFN), has urged athletes to continue putting in the hard work in
training despite the lack of competitions.
Okagbe said that engaging in routine training programmes was
the only way kick-boxers would keep abreast with latest developments of the
“Lack of championships has always being a major problem to
the development of kickboxing in the country,” he told the News Agency of
“The dearth of competitions is really affecting us as
federation and individual athletes. Most of our athletes don't turn out for
training due to lack of competitions.
“The implication of staying off training is that when there
are competitions it would take them some time for their system to be in shape
for the competition.
“Preparing athletes ahead of championships has a lot
of benefits for the athletes and the coaches.
“With adequate and constant training, they will also be in a
good frame of mind for any competition.
“There will also be an enabling environment for the
technical crew to build a cordial relationship with the athletes,’’ Okagbe
He advised the athletes not to allow the unpleasant
situation to discourage them from coming to training or to change to other
The head coach however appealed to corporate bodies and
philanthropists in the country to assist the federation in sponsorship of