Kenya suffered more humiliation on the boxing ring after six pugilists were eliminated from the preliminaries of the Women’s World Boxing Championships in Istanbul, Turkey.
Kenya now has only four boxers left at the global championship with the Boxing Federation of Kenya (BFK) president Anthony ‘Jamal’ Otieno downplaying the country’s underwhelming performance.
Jamal said the display was no cause for alarm, instead highlighting the fact that Kenyan fighters had gained technical and tactical experience for future competitions.
“I thank the Government, especially the Minister for sports Amina Mohamed for helping us get here. Overall we’ve done well against very experienced opponents and learned a lot. We have to continue
Kenya entered 10 boxers in the 12th edition of IBA Women’s World Championships and six of them have been bundled out, including Lorna Kusa, Christine Ongare, Ann Wanjiru Beatrice Akoth, Elizabeth Akinyi and Teresia Wanjiru.
Hit Squad’s hopes remain with Amina Martha, Stacy Ayoma, Everlyn Akinyi and Elizabeth Andiego.
Akinyi will meet the winner of today’s bout between Morocco’s Oumayma Bel Abib and Ivanusa Gomes of Cape Verde while Andiego, a beneficiary of a bye to the quarters, will take on the winner of Friday’s (May 13) bout between Turkey’s Elif Guneri and South Africa’s Mkateko Guneri.