Kenyan boxers jet off to Italy for Paris Olympic Games qualifiers

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BOXING Kenyan boxers jet off to Italy for Paris Olympic Games qualifiers

Festus Chuma 15:14 - 29.02.2024

Kenyan boxers are heading to Italy for Olympic qualifiers, aiming for Paris 2024 spots after mixed results in Dakar, Senegal.

Boxing Federation of Kenya (BFK) president Anthony ‘Jamal’ Otieno Ombok announced that the nation's boxing team has set off for Italy to participate in crucial Olympic Games qualifying matches. 

This journey marks a pivotal moment for Hit Squad following their disismal perfomances at the Africa Olympic boxing qualifiers in Dakar, Senegal.

The squad is aiming for success in the first repechage scheduled to take place in Busto Arsizio, Northern Italy, from March 4 to 11. 

This event represents a significant opportunity for the team to secure additional berths at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. 

"We're off to Busto Arsizio, Northern Italy, for the 1st World Olympic Qualifiers as we purpose to take a second jab at securing Olympic qualification for 2024 Paris," Ombok stated, highlighting the importance of the competition in the team’s calendar.

The competition promises to be fierce, with 670 boxers vying for the 49 available quotas (28 for men and 21 for women) in the global qualifications. 

The Kenyan contingent includes Hit Squad captains Elizabeth Andiego (Middle) and Boniface Mugunde (Light Middle), along with Shaffi Bakari (Feather), David Karanja (Fly), Christine Ongare (Fly), and Frizah Anyango (Welter).

Andiego, aiming for her third Olympic appearance, and Ongare, who is looking to qualify for her second, bring experience to the team. 

Meanwhile, Mugunde, Bakari, Karanja, and Anyango are all hoping to make their Olympic debut, adding fresh ambition and determination to the squad.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is overseeing the tournament, officially dubbed the ‘1st World Qualification Tournament’. 

This event not only offers a second chance for the Kenyan team to shine on the Olympic stage but also emphasizes the global nature of the qualification process.

The stakes are high for the Kenyan boxers, as their performance in Italy could determine their path to the Paris Olympics. 

Should they face challenges in securing their spots, a final opportunity awaits at the last qualifier in Bangkok, Thailand, from May 26 to June 2.

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