President of the Ghana Boxing Federation (GBF), George Lamptey says the retrogression of Ghana boxing is due to the neglect of the sport in the country.
According to Mr. Lamptey, the federation has not received enough support from government and stakeholders alike, causing financial constraints to the federation.
Despite the lack of financial support, George Lamptey indicated that it has been able to qualify two boxers to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo which has been postponed to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“We have been neglected partially because the support is not equivalent to our needs. We face a lot of problems when going for a tournament not qualifying. When we were travelling to Senegal, we suffered a lot due to financial problems but we have qualified two boxers”, he told Universports.
Also, he disclosed that the federation lacks enough facilities to house training of boxers. However, he mentioned that the federation hopes to secure various training centres across the country as Ghana prepares to host the 2021 All African Games.
“We do not have our own facilities for training like gym centres. Currently we train at the Accra Sports Stadium which is the National Training Centre. We hope to acquire our own facility after” the All African Games in 2021 which will be hosted in Ghana.
Mr. lamptey appealed to the government and other stakeholders to support develop Ghana boxing.
“I will not blame the government for that but I think they should help develop Ghana Boxing,” he stated.
In February, ten (10) amateur boxers made up of eight males and two females represented Ghana at the 2020 Olympic Games African Qualifiers at the Dakar International Expo Centre in Dakar, Senegal.
Story by: Princeton Kwabena Wiredu | universnewsroom.com