13 February 2012

Kenya: Stop Disputes in Boxing


Wrangling has once again reared its ugly head and is threatening Kenya's boxing team to the London Olympics.

Controversy surrounded the weekend selection of the team to Rabat, Morocco, where Africa will pick its representatives for the games.

One of the groups involved in the fight for the leadership of the Amateur Boxing Association of Kenya is reported to have used questionable criteria to select the team.

The trials involved boxers from the Police Amateur Boxing Association and Prisons.

Those from the other two powerful associations -- Defence Forces and Administration Police -- failed to put in an appearance.

The four teams are main participants in the boxing league.

Kenya's national boxing team, Hit Squad, was once a powerhouse that reigned supreme in both Africa and the Commonwealth in the 1970s and 1980s, but standards have dropped so drastically over the years that the best the team could come up with in the 10th All Africa Games last year was one bronze medal.

The minister for Sports needs to intervene and broker a lasting solution to the disagreements that are killing boxing.

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