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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 sport.

“Lack of championships has always being a major problem to the development of kickboxing in the country,” he told the News Agency of Nigeria.

“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 said.

He advised the athletes not to allow the unpleasant situation to discourage them from coming to training or to change to other sports.

The head coach however appealed to corporate bodies and philanthropists in the country to assist the federation in sponsorship of competitions.


- News24

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