NBF invites 30 boxers to camp ahead of Commonwealth Games

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LAGOS – The Nigeria Boxing Federation (NBF) has invited 30 boxers its camp, in preparation for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The games, scheduled for Glasgow, Scotland from July 23 Aug. 3, would feature  6, 500 athletes and officials in 17 sports.

Speaking on the federation’ readiness, Tony Konyegwachi, NBF’ Head , told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on telephone that the boxers commenced camping for the tournament on .

Konyegwachi, who was in charge of the training said only dependable boxers capable of making appreciable marks in the were called camp.

“The three-week compact session which will end on July 24 will enable the boxers shape-up properly into the federation’ for the Commonwealth Games.

“The selected boxers are class champions of different national tournaments in the recent past,” the said.

According to him, the numbers of the boxers were pruned from its original 43 to 30, to allow the crew to concentrate on only those that had a comparative edge.

Konyegwachi said the federation’ aim was to use the to re-brand Nigerian boxing.

“The inability of at the 2012 Olympics to a medal cast a gloomy picture on the NBF and Nigerian boxing.

“The federation’s matching order now is to change the belief by winning in Glasgow,” Konyegwachi added. (NAN)