Commonwealth Games: Why Nigeria May Not Do Well

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As the Nigerian boxers  representing the country at the Commonwealth Games arrive Lagos  today,  there are indications that the team may not do well in the pugilist sport at the  championship holding in Delhi, India.

This speculation is based on the alleged bad treatment of  the boxers by  National Sports  Commission, NSC.

Information reaching Boxing In Focus revealed that the boxers were not  motivated by the  NSC, the body in charge of their preparations for the Games, which commences on 3  October.

Some of the boxers and coaches, who spoke on anonymity, said they had high expectations  that they were going to be rewarded well by the NSC but their hopes were dashed.

The boxers, who had been in camp in Edo State, said when they arrived camp they were  promised heaven and earth by the NSC but it was gathered that the boxers were only given  stipends.

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One of the boxers, who campaigns in the Lightweight category, carpeted the NSC for  raising their hopes when the camp opened only for the authority to turn its back when it  was time to pay them their dues (camp allowance).

The boxer, who had  represented Nigeria at an international boxing competition, faulted  the NSC for not making good its promises of paying them in foreign currency, since they  could not embark on a training tour of Europe. He noted that a country that wants to do  well in international boxing competitions won’t  treat her boxers that way.

“When we commenced camping a few months ago, the NSC told us that we were going for a  training tour of Europe. We were happy, believing that the tour would give us the  opportunity to learn from our counterparts abroad. Even though  it was suddenly  called  off,  we were not worried because we believed we would still get our allowance, but we  were wrong. The NSC only gave us N1,500,which didn’t go down well with most of us,” said  the boxer, who still has high hopes of returning to the country with a medal after the  Games

Another boxer, who expressed anger over the bad treatment they received from the NSC,  hinted that their morals are already down.

“The NSC is not helping matter at all. The officials cut down our camp allowance, after   promising us everything on earth. We just woke up one day in the camp and were told that  no more Europe tour, but we were not  disturbed. We agreed, expecting that we would  receive our dues from the NSC, we were wrong. They only gave us N1,500 for our camp  allowance,” the boxer said.