Boxing News of Thursday, 9 February 2012
Source: Nunoo, Ebenezer Nii Ahele
8th February, 2012
Three Other Young Talented British Ghanaian Boxers Join The Black Bombers
On its assumption of office in 2009, the Goodwill Sports Ambassador Ray Quarcoo - led administration of the Ghana Amateur Boxing Federation, in pursuance to its medium term strategic development plan, has been seeking to strengthen the national amateur boxing team, the Black Bombers, with the main objective of unearthing young Ghanaian boxing talents, both locally and those domiciled abroad, as well as exposing both boxers and their technical team to the new scoring system and provision of standard training facilities.
In an effort to revamp the national team for improved performance in the upcoming Africa Olympic Qualification Tournament in Casablanca (27th April to 6th May, 2012) in particular and other subsequent international tournaments such as the All Africa and Commonwealth Games, the Goodwill Sports Ambassador has once again scouted and recruited other three young talented British Ghanaian boxers to join the Black Bombers in their ongoing Olympic preparatory training programme to justify their inclusion in the national Olympic team.
The boxers who are scheduled to arrive in Accra on 10th February, 2012 include Norris Thompson (69kg), a national bronze medalist (London vrs Las Vegas, 2010 International Championship) and 2011 London Elite Champion; and Michael Amoo-Bediako (64kg) who both had already had a stint with the national team last year, with participation in the All Africa Games in Maputo and the AIBA World Championship in Azerbaijan respectively. The new entrants are Lerone Richards (75kg,), one-time British Junior Golden Belt Champion, Junior Golden Gloves Champion; two times Junior British Tri-Nations Chhampion and a CYP/NABC Champion, who entered the senior championship in March, 2011; Joshua Buatsi (81kg), a product of South Norwood Victory Club and Isaac Dogboe (56kg), of the Territorial Army Boxing Club in London.
Mr Dominic Kankam, the Secretary-General of the Federation revealed that as part of preparations towards the Africa Olympic qualifier in Morocco, the British Ghanaian boxers as orientation will join their compatriots, Black Bombers, when they engage their Beninois counterparts in an international friendly tournament in Cotonou from 16th to 19th February.
It could be recalled that similar efforts have yielded enormous dividends of which the Black Bombers and officials participated in a couple of international training exercises, including a tour to Australia, leading to the Delhi Commonwealth Games and AIBA’s programs including the “Road to Dream”. Also through such initiatives, boxers like Duke Micah and Emmanuel Quarshie benefitted from the “Road to Baku” training camp ahead of the World Olympic qualifier in Baku-Azerbaijan and are scheduled to leave Accra on 18th February to participate in the “Road to London” training program ahead of the Africa Olympic qualifier in Casablance,Morocco.
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