NAIROBI, Kenya- Two-time Olympian and Commonwealth Games boxing medallist; Benson Njangiru Gicharu is eager to crown his third outing at the Club Games in Gold Coast with gold to cement his legacy in the sport.
The national Bantamweight champion is seeking a third successive podium show at the April 4 to 15 edition of the Games in Australia having won silver in Delhi 2010 and bronze in Glasgow 2014.
“I have been inspired by what (the late) Robert Wangila Napunyi did in the 1988 Seoul Olympic. Wangila’s legacy still lives on even though he is gone,” he told SportPesa News.
“Many Kenyans will remember the gold Wangila won for the country at the Olympics till eternity,” Gicharu said in paying tribute to the only boxer to have risen to the middle step of the podium at the greatest sporting carnival on the planet.
“I will be rather disappointed if I get anything less. I won silver in 2010 in Delhi, India. I got bronze in 2014 in Glasgow, now I want the other medal that is not in my locker room,” Gicharu stated in underlining his mission to strike gold.
The Kenya Police Service boxer called on Boxing Association of Kenya (BAK) to help the team that was recently selected after the National Champions/Commonwealth Trials get fist-ready for Gold Coast.
“We need to start our residential camp in time. If we plan well, then we will be home and dry in our quest to win medals. The squad selected is capable of delivering up-to five gold if we are focused enough,” the signature act in the preliminary line-up of the Kenya ‘Hit Squad’ underlined.
He gave the coaches selected by BAK led by the legendary David Maina to prepare the team for the Games his seal of approval.
“They have the necessary papers and AIBA- rankings that are enough to stun their compatriots in Europe. My hope is the coaches will make everyone be up-to speed with everything at the camp. We also need worthy training partners to gauge our sparring skills,” Gicharu stressed.
He requested BAK and National Olympics Committee-Kenya (NOC-K) to schedule build up bouts with local and foreign fighters to give them a good taste of the action before departing for Australia besides settling their allowances in time.
“I have taken part in many international contests and part of the reason why some good boxers fail to deliver lies in the allowances. If you have financial problems then believe me, you will be affected mentally. It’s hard to give your all if you feel you are in a financial mess,” Gicharu warned.
The Police fighter is currently training alone to keep his fitness awaiting directions on the formal ‘Hit Squad’ training programme ahead of Gold Coast.