Two years back, in May, boxer Elizabeth Andiego was involved in a career – threatening road accident which killed her dream of representing Kenya in the Rio Olympic Games but after much rehabilitation and workouts she is back and ready to punch her way back to glory.
Andiego made history as the first Kenyan female boxer to feature at the Olympic Games, in the 2012 games in London but a probable second appearance four years later was crushed after a speeding taxi hit the motorbike she was riding on, heading home.
“The journey has been one with a lot of reflections and personal soul searching; all was going well as I was ready for all Africa Games in Brazzaville back in 2015,” Andiego said as she recalled the fateful night along Nairobi’s Kangundo Road.
The sensational boxer was left with a fractured skull and broken leg from the accident and was rushed to Mama Lucy Hospital by a Good Samaritan before being taken to Kenyatta National Hospital.
“That was my lowest moment, which was followed by neglect from the boxing federation and the government, through the sports ministry,” said the current middleweight champions who previously played as a striker in the Mathare Youth Sports Association (MYSA).
The 30-year-old Huruma born boxer has aspirations of competing at the Tokyo, 2020 Olympics Games. She is now fully back on her feet says her training is going on well and hopes to represent Kenya soon.
“I know myself and can attest to the far I have come, I know with the challenges I underwent, I could have easily given up. But as a mother, you have to be strong and keep fighting,” said the part time gym instructor.