12th November, 2010
Fatai Adeshina, an amateur boxer, who campaigns in the Lightweight category has challenged the National Sports Commission, NSC, to always organise amateur boxing competitions in the country to keep the boxers in shape.
The pugilist inÂ a chat with Boxing In Focus yesterday said it is very important for the NSC to organise competitions regularly, as this is the only way to discover boxers that will represent the country in international competitions.
Adeshina faulted the way the five boxers, who represented the countryÂ at the last Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India, were selected.
Adeshina said that if competitions are held across the country regularly, it would help discover budding boxers, who can be camped early enough for international competitions.
â€œThe NSC is killing amateur boxing in the country, orÂ how can one explain the present situation of the sport? The dearth of tourney is affecting the sport. We are just training without any competition to showcase our God-given talents. I must confess, we need regular competitions.
“It is a pity that the five boxers who represented the country at the last Delhi Games were not picked on merit, if they were selected on merit, I’m sure they would have performed more than they did at the Games,â€ he said.
He, however, advised the NSC to commence preparation for the London 2012 Olympic GamesÂ immediately if the country wants to perform well in the competition.
“We have to start preparation for the Olympics now because there is no shortcut to successâ€.