Lagos - Isaac Ikhuoria, a 1972 Munich Olympic Games
boxing bronze medalist, on Wednesday in Lagos said Nigerian boxers were
capable of excelling at the 2014 Commonwealth Games if they prepared
Ikhuoria told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the boxers would
be in the right shape and frame of mind to do the country proud through
"I believe that we have the talents that can deliver at the
Commonwealth Games, but we need to expose our boxers to competitions.
"With more competitions in view, they will train harder, and they
will be encouraged to show more discipline in their chosen vocation,’’
The Olympian who won in the middleweight category in 1972 was the
national coach when Nigeria excelled in boxing at the 1984 Los Angeles
and the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games.
NAN recalls that Ikhuoria handled Peter Konyegwachie who won a silver
medal in the lightweight category at the Los Angeles Games.
Equally, he led David Izonritei to a silver medal in the heavyweight category at the Barcelona Olympics.
Ikhuoria however said he believed that early preparation could help
Nigeria to excel at the Commonwealth Games scheduled for Glasgow in
Scotland from July 23 to Aug. 3.
"We will win medals, because we have the raw materials. We just need
to refine them so as to get good results from them, and exposure is
critical to their development,’’ he said.
The former national coach told NAN that the fact that Nigerian boxers
were already in camp showed that the boxing federation was already
taking a step in the right direction.
"I understand that some boxers are in camp already, and I find it a pleasing development.
"The fact that they are in camp already shows some level of seriousness,’’ he said.