By; Ayo Ojedokun, Lagos.
All is now set for the Nigeria Boxing Federation National Open Men and Women Championship holding from today February 19th -26th 2017 at the Brai- Ayenote Boxing Gym, National Stadium Complex, Surulere, Lagos.
According to the Secretary General of the Nigeria Boxing Federation, Chimezie Assiegbu, the week long championship will feature all the ten weight categories for men according to the International Boxing
These include 46-49kg, 52kg, 56kg, 60kg, 64kg, 69kg, 75kg, 84kg, 91kg and +91kg for men while the women will be doing battle in the 51kg,60kg and 75kg weight class.
To this end, states and the armed forces which include the Nigeria Army, Navy, Air-Force and the Nigerian Police, clubs and private individuals wishing to participate in the championship have been advised to forward their entries to reach the secretariat of the Nigeria Boxing Federation on or before February, 19th 2017, closing date for entries.
Any entry not received on or before the dateline of registration will not be entertained as no registration will be accepted after the weigh-in, the secretary warns.
Meanwhile, states are to carter for the accommodation and transportation of their athletes to and fro Lagos while other logistics including medical and security issues are the responsibility of the organizers.
However, Oyo State and Abbey Boxing Club have registered two teams each while Lagos, Delta, FCT, the Nigerian Army and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence, Corps have also registered. States are free to register more than one team provided they can cater for them.