ENGLAND. Nigeria/Bahrain: Nigerian Abdul-Afeez Osoba has defeated Carl Leviticus of Bahrain in the boxing event in the Round of 16 matches of the men’s light-middleweight bout via a technical knockout in the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England.
Nigeria has nine boxers, four men and five women at the ongoing competition. The male are; Abdul-Afeez Osoba (Light middleweight), Adeyinka Benson (Middleweight), Innocent Ehwarieme (Light heavyweight) and Ifeanyi Onyekwere (Super heavyweight). While the female are; etunde Egunjobi (Light flyweight), Elizabeth Oshoba (Featherweight), Cynthia Ogunsemilore (Lightweight), Bolanle Shogbamu (Light middleweight) and Jacinta Umunnakwe (Middleweight) respectively.
However, President of the Nigeria Weightlifting Federation (NWF) Ibrahim Abdul has urged Nigerian athletes to always go for gold.
Abdul, therefore, tips the athletes to be focused, and determine and strive for medals in order to make the country proud.
“I want to commend the athletes for their commitment and steadfastness. You have remained professional in training ahead of the Commonwealth Games, and here we are. It is time to forget all you have achieved in the past and aspire for a new feat, be Commonwealth Champions,” Abdul said.
Meanwhile, in another related development, the Ghanian boxer, Shakul Samad has been suspended from participating in a fight after tasting positive for a banned substance.
The Commonwealth Games Federation Anti-Doping and Medical Commission confirmed after that sample of Smad violated the anti-doping rules for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
The Commonwealth Games Federation suspended Samed with immediate effect on violating anti-doping rules. Samed has the unfortunate honour of becoming the first athlete at this year’s Games to fail a doping test, Commonwealth Games Federation Anti-Doping and Medical Commission said in a statement.
The weightlifting events at Birmingham 2022 will end on August 3 at the National Exhibition Center in Solihull.