Sports / Updates
Tuesday, 30 May 2017 16:47 EAT
Kenya risks missing the Africa Boxing Championships after the sports ministry turned down the national boxing body's request for funding. The Boxing Association of Kenya (BAK) President John Kameta, in a letter to the media, is accusing the Arts, Culture and Sprts Ministry of turning down all the BAK requests for funding.
"We are saddened by recent turn of events at the Ministry of Sport, Culture and the Arts following the request by the Boxing Association of Kenya for state funding to enable the participation of the Kenya national boxing team at the Africa Boxing Championships,'' said Kameta. ''Officials at the ministry have turned down all requests for funding of the national team this year and we may be forced to withdraw from all regional and international boxing outings if the government does not intervene to save Kenya’s boxing'',he said.
The 2017 Africa Boxing Championships are slated for June 17-25 in Brazzaville, Congo Republic. The event doubles as qualifier for the World Boxing Championships to be held later this year in Hamburg, Germany. The World Boxing Championships will be a build up event for the 2020 Olympic Games.
''On the other hand, H.E. the President, Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta, has on numerous occasions assured Kenyan sportsmen, boxers included, that no Kenyan shall miss an international competition for lack of funding,'' said Kameta.
The boxing association, boxers and technical officials have worked hard to ensure Kenya participates and excels in the continental event and deserve State support, said Kameta,who reminded Kenyans of the dire consequences should Kenya fail to make it to Brazzaville after confirming particiation. It may result in sanctions by African and global boxing bodies.
He appealed to the Deputy President William Ruto to intervene and facilitate Kenya's participation in the African Championships.