Ondo - The Boxing Federation of Nigeria (BFN) has postponed its national championships planned for Nov. 6 in Akure, Ondo State, because of the Oct. 20 .governorship election in the state.
Tunde Laguda, a coach with the federation, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Lagos that a new date had yet to be fixed for the event.
``The political tension in the state at the moment will not give the state government room to think about the championships,’’ Laguda said.
He added that the federation also considered that lovers of the sport might not come out to watch the fights if the bout of such a magnitude was staged at such a period.
Laguda urged boxers for the competition not to relent in their training.
He said that dearth of competitions was responsible for the nation’s unimpressive showing at the last Olympics in London and wondered why only three boxers represented the country at the Games.
In his reaction to the postponement, Gabriel Coker, the coach of Joe West Boxing Club, Lawanson, said the shift in date had affected the morale of his boxers.
Coker said that his club could boast of boxers in the 10 categories to be contested at the championships, said the bane of the sport in Nigeria was funding.
He said countries that won medals at Olympics did not do it magically but through funding, sponsorship and constant exposure of their boxers to international competitions.
He urged the government to widen its talent hunt for boxers that would represent the country in international competitions.
The postponed championships were to keep boxers fit and discover new ones, after the poor outing at the 2012 London Olympics.