By; AYO OJEDOKUN, Lagos
Ex-Olympian, Jeremiah Okorodudu has charged sports administrators in the country to pay more attention to the provision of modern boxing facilities that will facilitate the development of quality pugilists in the country.
According to him, Nigerian boxers have what it takes to rule the various divisions but obsolete facilities and lack of adequate exposure is limiting their progress in the noble art of self defence.
“It’s unfortunate that a sports like boxing which gave Nigeria its first medal at international sporting event has been badly neglected to the extent that the sports isno longer interesting to the youths.Those now involved with the sports are doing it for passion and are right now trainning under very difficult conditions because of lack of moderntraining facilities.
‘ Right now, the two boxing gyms at the National Stadium, Lagos and even the one at Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja are a far cry from what modern boxing gyms should look like and I would like the Sports Ministry to do something about it.”
Okorodudu was also not happy that other African countries are now dictating the pace for Nigeria in boxing, calling for urgent action to arrest the trend.
“it’s sad that fellow African countries like Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, South Africa are now dictating the pace for Nigeria in boxing and something urgent must be done about this ugly development”, he concluded.