Commonwealth Games: Nigerian Boxers May Go On Tour Of Cuba


If informations  reaching Boxing In Focus are anything to go by, the Nigeria Boxing Federation, NBF is working hard to ensure that boxers that would represent the country at the Commonwealth Games win medals.

The NBF is planning to send  the boxers embark on a training tour to put them in shape ahead of the games holding later in the year in New Delhi, India.

President of NBF, Rotimi George-Taylor, disclosed to Boxing In Focus that the Federation is working out modalities for the training tour in good time but they have to meet with the National Sports Commission, NSC, to endorse the trip.

George-Taylor, who is contesting for a seat in the Federal House of Representatives on the platform of  People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in Ogun State, said the board of the NBF took the decision to know the strength and weaknesses of the boxers before the Games proper. .

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“The boxers going for the Commonwealth Games have been training hard in camp for months. We know how competitive the Games would be, that’s why we want the boxers to go on a training tour. We are yet to conclude but definitely it won’t be Europe. We are looking at countries like Cuba. The country is first on our list because they have boxing tradition. We are also looking at Uzbekistan and some other countries but Cuba is our preferred choice,”  said the sports administrator, who was the chairman of the Ijebu Ode Sub seat of the Nigeria 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup .

He also expressed confidence on the only Nigerian boxer flying Nigeria’s flag at the Junior Olympics in Singapore, Akanji Muideen, who campaigns in the 75kg category. He added that the boxer ought to have embarked on a training tour prior to the games but lack of funds worked against them.

George-Taylor, however, said despite Muideen’s inability to embark on the tour that he can still do well.

“We at the NBF actually proposed that Muideen would go on a training tour  but funds were not available so we had to shelve the plan. My joy is that he had the best of preparation on the home front. The coaches really worked on him and he is also aware of the task ahead of him. I know he won’t disappoint us,” he said.

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