Kenyan boxers begin medal hunt in Turkey
Today the Kenya national women boxing team will begin their medal hunt at the World Women's Boxing Championships in Istanbul, Turkey
Kenya will be represented by 10 pugilists led by the Africa Zone 3 light heavyweight gold medalist Elizabeth Andiego who has been handed the captain's role.
The bouts will begin at 18:00hrs E.A.T with the under-57 kilograms and under-70kg categories. Kenyan Lorna Kusa being the first Kenyan to get into the ring in bout number 13 among 14 bouts that are planned for today.
Lorna who will wear red will face Kazakstanian Valentina Khalzova in blue in the Women's Light Middle (66-70kg) in a round of 32 fight.
The Opening Ceremony of the Women's World Boxing Championships was held yesterday night at the Başakşehir Youth and Sports Facility in Istanbul graced and addressed by the International Boxing Association (IBA) President Umar Kremlev.
The Russian official is standing for re-election with the elections set to be held during this coming Friday and Saturday (May 13 and 14) congress.
"Women's boxing is still relatively young. A record-breaking number of 93 teams are competing here while only 30 competed at the first Championships and this demonstrates the growing power of women's boxing around the world.
“All that would not be possible without the development of women's boxing which also shows our commitment to gender equality and that is why I want to continue fighting for the rights of women's boxing. Please always remember that IBA is your boxing home and we are ready to help you whenever you need,” said the IBA President.
Kenya Full squad in Istanbul:
Christine Ongare (45-48kg), Ann Wanjiru (50-52kg), Amina Martha (52-54kg), Beatrice Okoth (54-57kg), Stacy Ayoma (57-60kg), Teresia Wanjiru ( 60-63kg), Everlyne Akinyi (63-66kg), Lorna Kusa (66-70kg), Elizabeth Akinyi (70-75kg), Elizabeth Andiego (75-81kg).