Cites political tension in Ondo as reason

The Boxing Federation of Nigeria (BFN) has postponed its national championships planned for November 6 in Akure, Ondo State, because of the October 20 governorship election in the state.
Tunde Laguda, a coach with the federation, said on Thursday in Lagos that a new date was yet to be fixed for the event.
“The political tension in the state at the moment will not give the state government room to think about the championships,” Laguda said.
He added that the federation also considered that lovers of the sport might not come out to watch the fights if a championship of such magnitude was staged at such a period.
Laguda urged boxers preparing for the competition not to relent in their training.
According to him, dearth of competitions was responsible for the nation’s unimpressive showing at the last Olympics in London.
In his reaction to the postponement, Gabriel Coker, the coach of Joe West Boxing Club, Lawanson, said the shift in date had affected the morale of his boxers.
Coker, who said that his club could boast of boxers in the 10 categories to be contested at the championships, said the bane of the sport in Nigeria was funding.
He said countries that won medals at the London Olympics did not do it magically, but through funding, sponsorship and constant exposure of their boxers to international competitions.
Coker urged the government to widen its talent hunt for boxers that would represent the country in international competitions.

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