10 boxers to represent Kenya in World Championship

10 boxers to represent Kenya in World Championship

A strong team of 16 boxers have been in camp at the Mathare Depot in Nairobi which has now been trimmed to ten who are set to leave the country on May 6, 2022.

The Kenya Boxing Federation of Kenya will send a team of ten women to the World Women's Boxing Championship which will take place from the May 8 – 20, 2022 in Istanbul in Turkey.

This follows the African Zone 3 Championship in which Kenya performed very well especially the ladies team in Kinshasa, DR Congo when the team won 18 medals including six gold, five silver and seven bronze medals.

A strong team of 16 boxers have been in camp at the Mathare Depot in Nairobi which has now been trimmed to ten who are set to leave the country on May 6, 2022.

Among those in the team to Istanbul include three zone 3 gold medalist Elizabeth Andiego of light heavy weight category, Everlyne Akinyi of Welterweight and light welterweight boxer Teresia Wanjiru.

"The training has been going on well, we had the Zone 3 tournament in DR Congo which we also used to test the strength and weaknesses of our players' so as to correct them before heading to Turkey,” said coach Musa Benjamin.

Also in the team are three Zone 3 silver medalists Christine Ongare of minimum weight, Stacy Ayuma of light weight and Lorna Kusa of light middleweight.

"So far so good and we believe as the women's team the exercises that we have done are going to help us to come back with good news and good performance," Said Ongare.

Others in the team are Amina Martha of bantam weight Anna Wanjiru of fly weight, Beatrice Okoth of feather weight and middle weight boxer Elizabeth Akinyi.

"My performance at the African Zone 3 was the platform for this competition which is about to start and I feel ready for the tusk ahead of us,” Said Amina Martha.

The women’s world boxing championship in Istanbul was postponed from December 4-18, 2021 by the sport’s governing body AIBA, which said the COVID-19 situation at that time was too difficult and it couldn’t take the risk to proceed with the event.

The event’s postponement was sealed during the men’s world championships in Belgrade where several countries expressed apprehensions about travelling to Turkey amid a surge in COVID cases at that time.

In what is seen as a more serious matter from other countries , the Indian women's boxing team has been in Istanbul, Turkey since April 20 preparing for 2022 AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships while training alongside boxers from Morocco, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Algeria, Panama, Lithuania, Serbia, Ireland and Dominican Republic.

After the world championship, the Kenya team will shift its focus to the commonwealth games in Birmingham, England.

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