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Black Bombers begin Olympic Games preparation

BY: Bernard Neequaye
Samuel Takyi (middle) with Coach Kwasi Ofori Asare (left) and his deputy, Coach Akai Nettey
Samuel Takyi (middle) with Coach Kwasi Ofori Asare (left) and his deputy, Coach Akai Nettey

The national amateur boxing team, Black Bombers, have commenced a non-residential training camp at the Accra Stadium aimed at putting athletes in shape ahead of the Olympic Games in July.

According to handlers of the Black Bombers, boxers are required to train with the team in the morning before training with their boxing clubs for the evening sessions.

The team started training last Monday following the easing of COVID-19 restrictions by government with the yet to qualify amateurs looking forward to their final qualifier in France.

However, the two qualified boxers, Sulemanu Tetteh and Samuel Takyi, have begun preparations towards making a significant impact at the Olympics which starts on July 23 in Tokyo.

In an interview with the Daily Graphic, trainer of the Black Bombers, Kwasi Ofori Asare, is optimistic the team will be in shape for the commencement of the global competition.

Coach Asare explained that the boxers were training hard to make a name for themselves at the games and believes the COVID-19 break will not affect their performance.

“We started a non-residential training camp on Monday and the boxers are doing really well,” Coach Asare told the Daily Graphic. “I realised that they were not affected by the break due to the COVID-19 and they are looking good.

“The focus now is to take the other fighters to their final qualifier in France as well as prepare the qualified athletes for the Olympics,” he added.

Ghana will be looking forward to win its fourth Olympic medal in Tokyo when they join the rest of the world to compete for honours in Tokyo.