Boxing trainer and match-maker Abdul Rashid Williams says the state must use Samuel Takyi’s bronze medal-winning feat at the just-ended Tokyo Olympic Games as a launch pad to invest heavily in amateur boxing.
He noted that over the past years it was only boxing that got medals for the country in all international multi-sporting competitions, citing the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, 2018
Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast and the 2015 African Games in Brazzaville as examples of major competitions where boxing won laurels for the country.
“The government must do away with the "no-money syndrome" and inject cash in amateur and professional boxing to create jobs for the youth and also bring honour to the country,” he told the Graphic Sports in Accra last Thursday.
Referred to as ‘Believer’ in boxing circles, he added that a little more investment into amateur boxing and the Black Bombers' preparation for their Olympic Games could have helped Takyi gain the needed exposure and experience to win gold in Tokyo.
“With no money and no investments at all in amateur boxing, Takyi still won a bronze medal. He would have won gold with just a little investment in the team and the sport in general,” he stated.
For Believer, Takyi's feat was another reminder that boxing had a huge potential to lift the youth out of poverty, create champions and bring laurels to the country.
“This Olympic Games must be a wake-up call for the government that it has to invest more in the sport so that the youth can achieve their dreams through sports and eke out a living in the profession,” he appealed.
“I urge corporate bodies and entities to also help with sports development in the country. We won’t lose anything if we invest in sports and save our youth from the claws of poverty and social ills occasioned by unemployment," he added.