NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya will be represented by four female boxers
at this year’s Commonwealth Games scheduled for April in Gold
Coast, Australia, the Boxing Association of Kenya (BAK) has
John Kameta, the
President of BAK said the quartet were selected alongside 10
male boxers at the trials and have proven their worth to be in
“The ladies have
worked very hard and the experience they gained during our trip
to India will help them in correcting their mistakes. They are
inspiration to other girls in the country who want to take up
the sport,” Kameta said on Sunday.
The group of four
comprise of Christine Ongare (light flyweight), Veronica Mbithe
(flyweight), Lorna Kusa (welterweight), and Elizabeth Andiego
represented the country at the inaugural India Open Boxing
Tournament in Delhi in February as part of the country’s
preparations for the April games and will also participated at
the Cuba Boxing Championships in Havana on Feb. 28.
The Indian event
dubbed “Spicejet” held in Delhi, featured 223 boxers from 22 who
were in contention for the 100,000 U.S. dollar-prize money.
Despite the Kenyan
women not returning home with a medal from the Indian outing,
Patrick Maina, Kenya’s head coach said that they are working on
correcting the mistakes they noticed during the event ahead of
the trip to Gold Coast.
Kenyan men are
Shaffi Bakari (light flyweight), Mohamed Ali (flyweight), Benson
Gicharu (bantamweight), Nick Okoth (lightweight); the latter two
are Kenya’s medal prospects.
Others are Jacob
Kimathi (welterweight), Edwin Okongo (middleweight), Nick Abaka
(light heavyweight), Elly Ajowi (heavyweight) and Fredrick
Ramogi (super heavyweight).