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Kenyan Boxers To Train In Cuba Ahead Of Commonwealth

Kenya Defence Forces boxer, Nick Abaka (left) in action at a previous SportPesa National Boxing League. He will vying for honours in the light flyweight this weekend in Mombasa. PHOTO/SPN
Kenya Defence Forces boxer, Nick Abaka (left) in action at a previous SportPesa National Boxing League. He will vying for honours in the light flyweight this weekend in Mombasa. PHOTO/SPN

NAIROBI, Kenya- Kenyan boxing teams will be exposed to facilities in Havana, Cuba, in a bid to step up training ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games set for Gold Coast, Australia from April 4 to 15.

At the same time, Kenya will take part in the Cuba International Women Boxing Championships on February 28 during the teams’ residential camp in Havana.

The women boxers who will represent the country in the competition are Veronica Mbithe (Light fly), Christine Ongare (Flyweight), Lonah Kusah (Lightweight) and Elizabeth Andiego (Middleweight).

Seven male pugilists out of the ten currently in non-residential camp in Nairobi will head for the training in Cuba and the Club Games.

“We will whittle the men’s squad down to seven based on their level of fitness and their performance at the just concluded India Boxing Championships in New Delhi.

“The four women boxers we have chosen to represent Kenya in Havana qualified for the Club Games at the national trials that were held at the Kaloleni Social Hall in Nairobi last month.

“The women gave a good account of themselves at the international championships in New Delhi,” Boxing Association of Kenya (BAK) President, John Kameta, told SportPesa News.

Medal bracket

Kameta said their target in Cuba is to reach the medal bracket. He said the technical bench is working round the clock to ensure that the boxers achieve the goal.

“All the three girls, with exception of Ongare, made it to the quarterfinals in New Delhi. I believe that the experience they gathered in India is enough to secure them medals in Cuba.”

“Albert Matito will travel with the squad to Cuba and Australia as team manager. We are yet to select the four coaches who will accompany the teams,” Kameta said.

Kameta explained that their stay in Cuba will be funded by the Kenyan Government a tune of KSh 7million.

Kameta said Cuba Boxing Federation assured BAK that the boxers will be granted sparring partners while in Havana,

According to Kameta, BAK will use the training and participation in Cuba and the contests in Australia to launch their road to 2020 Tokyo Olympics in Japan.

“Olympics needs early planning and preparations. It is this endurance that makes players medal prospects in the games,” Kameta underscored.

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