Boxers shift camp to Kasarani as race to shape up for Games hits top gear


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

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  • The men squad will be whittled down to eight boxers from 10 to comply with the Olympic standards as ordered by the organisers.

All African Games bound boxing team will shift from non residential training at police depot in Mathare to residential training at the Kasarani Stadium as they race to get ready for the upcoming games in Rabat, Morocco from August 19.

Boxing Federation of Kenya (BFK) president Anthony Ombok Otieno said they’ve had successful deliberations with government representatives and their request to shift camp to Kasarani has been affirmed.

“ I thank CS sports Ambassador Amina Mohamed for chipping in as we look forward to leaving on  August 15,” said Ombok .

Speaking on behalf of head coach Musa Benjamin, David Munuhe, the teams assistant coach said the squad is in good shape, adding that moving to Kasarani will provide the much needed time for two training sessions daily as they continue to shape up .

“The good thing about residential training is that you can do two sessions and get a chance for refreshment unlike here where we combine both sessions,”he noted.

The men squad will be whittled down to eight boxers from 10 to comply with the Olympic standards as ordered by the organisers.

“We do not have any injury concern; the morale is high for the boxers and for us as coaches too,” said Munuhe, adding that the new directive by Games organisers has put them in a fix as they have to ‘sacrifice’ two pugilists.

The final squad jets out for the African tournament on August 15 , four days to the start of boxing event on August 19 in Rabat, Morocco.

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