Former British light-heavyweight boxing champion, Peter Oboh, has said Nigeria’s chance of winning any medal in boxing at the Rio 2016 Olympics has been shattered with the qualification of only one boxer for the competition.
Nigeria will be represented at the Games by only Efe Ajagba in the Super-heavyweight division of the event after other boxers – both male and female – failed to secure qualification at the last African Olympic qualifying event in Cameroon in March.
Oboh, who is also a former Commonwealth champion, said in a statement that the country’s performance at the 2015 All Africa Games in Brazzaville, Congo, where the boxers won six medals were not built upon at the qualifiers.
The former boxer, now-turned pastor, said, “I remember that we got six medals in boxing from the last All Africa Games and that was a big sign that the boxers were ready and the coaches were brilliant too.
“At the AAG, the male boxers won two gold and two silver while the female boxers omen division won one gold and one silver too. Now because of problems, which one knows not, only one boxer qualified for the Olympics.
“Now that is not the quality we need for the Olympics, with only one boxer qualified, how can we win more than one medal from boxing? That is if we win anything at all. Let’s just hope that other sports will bring in the medals.
“Sports like football can only bring two gold medals – at most, but a sport like boxing was meant to be able to win more medals from both male and female categories. Nigeria should just hope begin work now for the next Olympics in 2020.’’