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NBF set to resuscitate boxing at the grassroots

The sport federation president observed that the future of the game depend on grassroots development in which the federation will soon embark upon so that…

The sport federation president observed that the future of the game depend on grassroots development in which the federation will soon embark upon so that those discovered can take over from the ageing boxers.

Speaking to sports writers in Lagos, Taylor noted that as soon as they have their inaugural meeting, they would spring into action as they were determined to raise the standard of boxing in which Nigeria was once a domineering force in the continent.

Also, he mentioned that part of the plans outlined in bringing about the necessary resurgence is the proposed U-18 and other national championships to be staged this year while every effort to return the game to its previous rating as Africa’s number one nation would be done during his tenure.

“I have strong conviction that the game of boxing will bounce back to reckoning in Nigeria having been a force to reckon with in the past. Though crisis has no place and boxing has passed through its own period of tribulation, now it will be a different ball game as we shall retain our top spot in the continent”, he assured.

“Just of recent, I spoke with all the coaches to start scouting for young boxers in their various states by going deep down to the local arenas where boxing is on the practised. And they have assured that they will produce enough boxers. In addition, they pledged their loyalty to the present administration so that the game can move forward”, said the NBF president.

He emphasized that the federation has credible coaches whose main duties are to train discover and give young boxers the necessary training that would make them great boxers in future.

Taylor added that Ogun and Lagos states were well known for their contribution to the game and efforts were being made to pay more attention to the development of the sport in the two states even as all other zonal chairmen have being charged to develop the game at their various zones.