Boxing Association of Kenya (BAK) President John William Kameta has been replaced as the boxers team manager for the Rio Olympic games. Kameta has been replaced by Kenya Police boxing coach John Waweru Junior.
The replacement was done by the BAK executive meeting chaired by Kameta in Nairobi after the Sports Disputes Tribunal upheld the decision by National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOC-K) of barring the chairman from traveling to Rio as the boxing team manager.
Addressing the press after the meeting, Kameta said BAK will not appeal against the ruling by Sports Disputes Tribunal of locking him out of the Olympics bound team.
“We respect the verdict and will abide it and that’s why we decided to move on by appointing another team manager to replace me,” he said.
NOCK had locked out Kameta for failing to submit the 2012 London Olympics boxing team report.
The tribunal chaired by John Ohaga overruled BAK’s appeal over Kameta’s exclusion and ordered the local boxing governing body to furnish it and NOC-K with the name of a new team manager.
Kenya will be represented at Rio Olympics by three boxers Rayton Okwiri (Welterweight), Benson Gicharu (Bantamweight) and Peter Mungai (Light Flyweight). Kameta said they opted for Waweru given his experience and credentials as a coach so that he can double up as a team manager and as well assist on the technical bench.
Waweru Junior is son to Team Kenya 1987 All Africa Games Light Weight gold medalist and boxing team captain Patrick ‘Mont’ Waweru. Unlike his father who was at the Olympics in Los Angeles (USA) in 1984 and Seoul, South Korea in 1988 as a boxer, Waweru Junior will be on the technical bench.
Waweru Junior aged 43, retired from boxing in the year 2000 after featuring for Kenya Police for 10 years in the Middleweight division before taking up coaching two years later. The coach is a Three Star International Amatuer Boxing Association (AIBA) trained tactician attained in Assisi, Italy in 2014.
Waweru Junior has handled several national team assignments including the 2012 London Olympics qualifiers in China, 2014 World Youth team squad at the International Championship in Bulgaria.