Nairobi’s Charter Hall has been full of activity from Wednesday February 6th with the Novices Boxing Tournament which is currently underway at the venue.
The Tournament is one of the largest in Kenyan Boxing arena, lasting 4 days.
This year a total of 18 counties are taking part in the tournament.
The event’s organizer, Antony Ombok popularly known as Jamal says the tournament has not happened since the era of Nairobi Mayor Dick Wathika and he has expressed his gratitude to Nairobi county boss, Mike Sonko and national sports C.S Mohammed Echesa for enabling the return of the much hyped boxing tournament.
He says Novices Tournaments is a breakthrough chance for upcoming boxers all over Kenya as well as a starting point for beginners in the boxing field.
”I recall Kenyan boxers were dismantled by Indians and for me it was very shameful because our boxers dare World Champions,” he said
Jamal also urged the government o better the boxing industry saying it would not cost much to boost it.
“The challenges in the boxing sport are minor. Things like Lack of equipment, lack of exchange programs and poor training facilities can be handled when the boxers don’t provoke the internal peace in the boxing arena” he added
Jamal seeks for more tournaments so as to sharpen the boxers skills and and lift the sport to international levels.
The Novice Tournaments involves over 150 boxers and tens of boxing officials
Jamal who is also an aspiring candidate for the Presidential post in the Boxing Association of Kenya (BAK) argues that his leadership would see numerous benefits to the Kenyan boxers.
”As the President of the Boxing Association, I will educate the boxers on insurance factors, ensure the sport is identified deep in school sports and also create more international competition but most importantly educate the boxers on investing method for future benefits.” He added