By; AYO OJEDOKUN, Lagos
Former national boxing coach, Obisia Nwankpa says that the chances of Nigerian pugilists qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics is very slim considering the missed opportunities in attending more Olympic qualifiers.
According to the former African Boxing Union Light welterweight and Commonwealth Lightweight champion, the country missed the opportunity of participating in many qualifiers like the one held in Cameroon, hoping to pick tickets at the World Championship which serves as last qualifiers for the global sporting event.
Obisia while agreeing with the sports Ministry that experience has shown that those who qualify from the World Championship, always dominate the Olympics was emphatic that flying Nigerian flag at the boxing event of the games will serve as a good public relations for the country and help in giving adequate exposure to the fighters.
” I want to say without any regret that Nigeria might miss out of the boxing event of next year’s Olympics because by relying only on the World Championship for an Olympic ticket was a wrong decision. Although,its true that boxers who qualify from the World Championship always dominate medals table at the games because it attracts the best pugilist from all countries of the World but its equally important that our boxers go there and get the desired exposure and if they work hard can challenge for medals at the games”, he concluded.