The Government of South Korea has entered into a partnership with Amateur Boxing Association of Kenya (BAK) for the country to realize its “Road to Tokyo 2020” Olympics dreams.
The partnership will entail an exchange programme and technical support to BAK through training of coaches, judges and referees by the South Korean government.
To jumpstart the cooperation, the South Korean government through its Ministry of Sports donated boxing equipment to BAK for training and use in the local league.
The equipment worth Sh2 million includes head gear, gloves, ring boots, bandages, coaching pads and punching bags.
BAK chairman John Kameta paid tribute to the South Korean government for the donation saying it will go a long way in ensuring that they are able to tap young talent and an increased number of boxers that will qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
“We are going to distribute the equipment at the grassroot in the counties to ensure that boxing is active countrywide as we endevour to identify and nurture raw talent,” he said.
Kameta said the boxers that represented Kenya at the Rio Olympics may be old to represent the country in Tokyo and that’s why BAK wants to begin on a clean slate by nurturing young talent in readiness for Tokyo.
“We are considering having former undisputed American boxer Mike Tyson or Filipino Senator considered to be one of the greatest boxers of all time Manny Pacquiao to tour the country next year to assist in fund raising and popularizing boxing and arouse interest amongst Kenyans ahead of the 2020 Olympics,” he said.
Kameta said BAK was involved in talks with managers of the boxers and details of the deal will be known in due course.
The president praised local betting firm Sportpesa for their sponsorship in the sport saying it is assisting in making the league vibrant and competitive from which budding talented boxers will be identified and considered for national team assignments.