24th September, 2010
As the Nigerian boxersÂ representing the country at the Commonwealth Games arrive LagosÂ today,Â there are indications that the team may not do well in the pugilist sport at theÂ championship holding in Delhi, India.
This speculation is based on the alleged bad treatment ofÂ the boxers byÂ National SportsÂ Commission, NSC.
Information reaching Boxing In Focus revealed that the boxers were notÂ motivated by theÂ NSC, the body in charge of their preparations for the Games, which commences on 3Â October.
Some of the boxers and coaches, who spoke on anonymity, said they had high expectationsÂ 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 wereÂ promised heaven and earth by the NSC but it was gathered that the boxers were only givenÂ stipends.
One of the boxers, who campaigns in the Lightweight category, carpeted the NSC forÂ raising their hopes when the camp opened only for the authority to turn its back when itÂ was time to pay them their dues (camp allowance).
The boxer, who hadÂ represented Nigeria at an international boxing competition, faultedÂ the NSC for not making good its promises of paying them in foreign currency, since theyÂ could not embark on a training tour of Europe. He noted that a country that wants to doÂ well in international boxing competitions won’tÂ treat her boxers that way.
â€œWhen we commenced camping a few months ago, the NSC told us that we were going for aÂ training tour of Europe. We were happy, believing that the tour would give us theÂ opportunity to learn from our counterparts abroad. Even thoughÂ it was suddenlyÂ calledÂ off,Â we were not worried because we believed we would still get our allowance, but weÂ were wrong. The NSC only gave us N1,500,which didnâ€™t go down well with most of us,” saidÂ the boxer, who still has high hopes of returning to the country with a medal after theÂ Games
Another boxer, who expressed anger over the bad treatment they received from the NSC,Â hinted that their morals are already down.
â€œThe NSC is not helping matter at all. The officials cut down our camp allowance, afterÂ Â promising us everything on earth. We just woke up one day in the camp and were told thatÂ no more Europe tour, but we were notÂ disturbed. We agreed, expecting that we wouldÂ receive our dues from the NSC, we were wrong. They only gave us N1,500 for our campÂ allowance,â€ the boxer said.