Ghana face the ignominy of missing out on participating in boxing at next year’s Olympic Games in Rio should the Black Bombers fail to travel to Doha, Qatar today for the AIBA world championship which also serves as the qualifiers to the Olympics.
Sulemanu Tetteh, Annan Ampiah Akimos, David Bawa and Musa Rahman Lawson, Ghana’s four boxers who have qualified for the world championship have been training for weeks and are ready to go battle for their Olympic Games places but the Ghana Amateur Boxing Federation (GABF) can’t secure enough funding for the trip to Qatar.
The AIBA world championship begins today with Ghana’s first competition slated for tomorrow, October 6 but the Black Bombers are still in limbo because even an appeal to His Excellency John Dramani Mahama, President of the Republic of Ghana has fallen on deaf ears.
“We are still hanging, we’ve heard nothing. We are hoping they tell us something today or we cancel the trip and with that our dreams of participating at the 2016 Olympic Games,” Gideon Quartey, GABF President told Allsports.com.gh this morning.
Should the Black Bombers fail to make the trip to Qatar for the AIBA championship which consequently means an absence in Rio, Brazil ten months hence, it will be the first time the country has failed to participate in boxing at the Olympic Games since Ghana first participated in 1964.
“The boys have been training for this opportunity for so many years and we spent a lot of money for them to participate in the African championship in Morocco from where they qualified,” Mr. Quartey emphasised.
“Ghana boxing’s participation in the next Olympic Games is off and you know most at times its just boxing and athletics that bring the country medals. We must make it to Qatar on time for the world championship, it’s a must for the future of Ghana boxing,” he added.