BAK boss Ombok vows to grow Kenyan boxing


Part of the action during the national boxing Trials for Africa Rio 2016 qualifiers in Yaounde, ...
Part of the action during the national boxing Trials for Africa Rio 2016 qualifiers in Yaounde, Cameroon. PHOTO/BAK

In Summary

  • The Boxing Association of Kenya (BAK) president  Anthony Ombok Otieno has called on all shareholders to rally together as he vowed to spearhead the growth of the sport
  • Ombok has vowed to lead BAK into in a new era of calm and proper administration following a period marred by internal wrangles by warring factions

The Boxing Association of Kenya (BAK) president  Anthony Ombok Otieno has called on all shareholders to rally together as he vowed to spearhead the growth of the sport.

Ombok has vowed to lead BAK into in a new era of calm and proper administration following a period marred by internal wrangles by warring factions.

He was elected BAK’s new president, replacing John Kameta after trouncing Siaya County Treasurer Remjus Oketch 41-0 in an election presided over by Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

“So far I thank God we took the office and we have started on a high note with the Boxing League and it’s wonderful that we have all teams across the country with boxing teams here and this shows we are one.

”The wrangles are done because I was elected so we need to focus on how the boxers will grow in terms of boxing,” Ombok told Citizen Digital.

Ombok, who doubles up as the Kisumu County Chairman, promised to work with everyone in developing boxing in accordance with his campaign slogan ‘Ndondi Mashishani’.

“There are boxing activities in every region what is lacking is competition and more games, I will do exchange program for inter clubs and inter counties and under my leadership we will go far that’s for sure.”

BAK will send a team of 15 boxers head to Rabat Morocco next month for All Africa Games where 10 slots have been allocated for men and the remaining five set apart for the ladies. The selected boxers will kick of their training two weeks after the league action in Mombasa.

“The criteria is always selecting the best in the ring, the National team will comprise of the best boxers selected on merit and in two weeks’ time will head to the camp to start our training because we do not have enough time,”

The coming together of Kenya Police team and KDF team is a sign of unity restoration in the association. The two were in opposite camps during the election period.

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