Kenyan female international boxer Elizabeth Odhiambo will attend a training programme in Cardiff, Wales between February 18 and March 10- thanks to an initiative by AIBA (International Amateur Boxing Association) which seeks to help the women's game blossom across the globe.
Adhiambo departs on Saturday two years after doing duty for the Kenya at the women's World boxing Championship in Barbados.
London summer games will go down in the folklore as the first edition to feature women's boxing. The Cardiff tour is part of Kenya's build-up ahead of Olympic qualification tournaments (men and women). Adhiambo, who hails from Nairobi and who plays in the 75 kilograms weight class was among the eight ladies picked for the forthcoming World Women's Championship-cum-Olympic qualifiers in China.
Adhiambo has the opportunity to sample training facilities in Cardiff, Wales in what is dubbed 'Road to London'. She will enjoy a joint training programme courtesy of AIBA after an impressive game in the Barbados women's World Championship in 2010. Previously, Nick Okoth attended a similar programme for the World Championships in Milano, Italy. The ladies team comprise of eight boxers and four sparring partners. Officials for ladies World Championship-cum-Olympic qualifiers in China are TM Lydiah Kinyua, head coach John Waweru, assisted by Charles Mukula.
Those in the team are-48kg: Christine Shisoka; 52kgs: Mary Wambui; 54kgs: Ruth Odongo; 57kgs: Rebah Matanda; 60kgs: Mary Muthoni; 64kgs: Cecilia Nyaranga; 69kgs: Durry Wanjiku and 75kgs: Elizabeth Adhiambo. Meanwhile, lightweight Dennis Okoth is the only boxer from Nairobi to have qualified for Morocco Olympic qualifiers despite the branch snubbing the Nakuru show. Okoth used his own resources and initiative to take part in the national trials.