Nigeria’s boxers have expressed their acerbating towards their elusive attempt in partaking in the 2021 World Olympics Boxing Qualifying Tournament in June in Paris which was cancelled due to COVID-19 worries.
The Worldwide boxers are to compete for 52 places in the Tokyo lineup in June for the tournament in Paris.
The Nigeria boxers are saddened as after the International Olympic Committee noted that Tuesday plans had changed because of “current changes to international travels and related restriction in many other countries”, during the COVID-19 pandemic, news broke that the last February African Qualifiers held in Dakar Senega where Nigeria boxers were absent would be requisite for all slots in Africa where American and European still have the opportunity of earning qualifying slots in the ring.
“All the hard work had just gone down the drain. My mind was on the Olympic qualifiers and not on the National Sports Festival, this has affected my morale and that of my teammates”, Azeez Osoba, 2019 African Games silver medallist said.
On the matter, another boxer Franklin Arinze said, “Very sad news but there is nothing we can do about that. We only need to task our leaders to do the right thing for us in the future”.
“I feel so bad that we won’t be at the Olympics, this is disappointing because we have been preparing, working individually for months and hoping that we will be called into camp early so that we can have a very good preparation for the championship. It’s more saddening because we didn’t attend the African qualifiers in Senegal. A lot of us would have qualified if we had attended”, Elizabeth Oshoba, representing Nigeria in the 57kg women’s category opined.