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Kenyan boxers train in Cuba in search for Olympic qualification

Havana, Sep 1 (Prensa Latina) The Kenyan boxing team in both sexes is training today in Cuba, looking forward to the upcoming continental qualifying tournament for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

This Friday the boxers and the coaching staff received the visit of the African country’s ambassador to Cuba, Gathoga Wanyoike Chepe, who urged them to think about standing out, not only at regional but also at world level.

Right here in Havana the world vice-champion Stephen Muchoki made history, I want you to also think about world and even Olympic medals, he told them.

The diplomat thanked the National Boxing School of Havana for the opportunity to improve the potential of Kenyans and recalled that they are the first to comply with the agreements signed last May between the Ministers of Sports of both nations.

The head coach of the African team, Benjamin Musa, said in an exclusive interview with Prensa Latina, that the goal is to get at least five admissions, between both sexes, for the upcoming summer event.

For that, their first opportunity will be from the coming 9th in Dakar, Senegal, where the champions and vice-champions in each women’s category, and the men’s champions will guarantee their presence in the City of Light.

Those who do not make it on Senegalese soil will have two more chances in the world qualifiers, to be held next year.

Veteran Elizabeth Andiego, 36, said she wants to repeat the experience she had had at London 2012 and then become her country’s first female coach, as they are currently preparing alongside the men.

To the Tokyo 2020 edition, Kenya sent four fighters, two in each gender, and all fell in their first fight; in the case of heavyweight Elly Ajowi Ocholla lost in his fight against Cuban Julio Cesar La Cruz by 5-0.


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