The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Aba Plan Fund-Raising Work for Rio Games

The Amateur Boxing Association of Kenya are set to start fund raising campaigns for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

According to ABA chairman William Kameta they have resolved to seek sponsors from within Kenya, the East African region and training facilities for at least five overseas countries that did well at the London Olympic Games in July.

Kameta who outlined the association's plans in Mombasa yesterday said they were doing so to boost the chances of winning at the continental qualifiers as late preparations have been blamed for previous lack of success.

"We are planning a major walk in February aimed at seeking funds for our national league programme because we believe if this is sustained then there will be consistence in training as we target the forthcoming 2016 Olympics in Brazil," said Kameta.

He said the walk to be concluded at Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi will see boxers and fans from Nakuru, Mombasa, Embu and Kisumu to converge at the capital where among other things targeted are ten boxing rings and three containers of boxing equipment.

He disclosed that letters have been written to East African countries inviting them for the walk and he has appealed to sponsors for assistance.

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