Ghana’s national amateur boxing team, the Black Bombers, have arrived in Benin for a two-day tournament as part of preparations for the 2016 Olympic Games.
The tournament will also feature hosts Benin and Gabon and for the Bombers, the tournament serves as a test of their capabilities ahead of the Olympic Games qualifying tournament in Cameroon in March.
President of the Ghana Amateur Boxing Federation, Gideon Quartey, told Citi Sports that the morale in the team’s camp was low ahead of the tournament in Cotonou.
He explained that this was due to a lack of interest from the state.
“Our preparation has not been that good in terms of finance. We are taking care of the boxers but they feel that the state does not care about them.
They are members of a national team and they are of the opinion the state should come to their aid.”
The Amateur Boxing Federation faced financial challenges in their initial preparations for the qualifiers in Cameroon and thus, could not secure residential facilities at the Theodosia Okoh Hockey Pitch.
The National Sports Authority demanded a payment of GHS 3,000 for the use of the accommodation facilities at the Hockey Pitch.
The amateur boxing federation was forced to shuttle between the Naval Base and the Accra Sports Stadium for the daily training sessions.
The Olympic qualifiers in Cameroon will run from the March 9 to 20.
By: Nathan Quao/citifmonline.com/Ghana');