It was celebration at the Boxing Federation of Kenya (BFK) when Hit Squad, the National Boxing Team was featured in the International Boxing Association (AIBA) newsletter.
On Tuesday, BFK on their official twitter handle @KenyaBoxing “Once again, @AIBA_Boxing has featured Kenya National Boxing Team #HitSquad in their last newsletter release. Congratulation to the President Anthony “Jamal” Otieno and the entire BFK executive for continued steering of the amateur Boxing in Kenya to greater heights globally,” read the twit.
AIBA featured Hit Squad congratulating the team for their impressive performance at the completed Zone 3 boxing championship where trained for 5 months without participating in any tournament.
“This was like God sent opportunity because we needed badly to gauge ourselves against teams from other countries as we prepare for Tokyo Olympic games and commonwealth games to be held in Birmingham in United Kingdom next year,” read part of the newsletter.
It continued, prior to travelling for the Africa Zone 3 boxing championship, we received news from IOC Boxing Taskforce that two of our boxers namely Elizabeth Akinyi and Elly Ajowi in welterweight and heavyweight categories respectively had qualified for Tokyo Olympic games through ranking, and this means Team Kenya will have 4 boxers at the Tokyo Olympic Games.
Kenya sent a team of 16 members to Kinshasa, 4 women and 12 men. The team performed fairly well winning 1 gold medal, 5 silver medals and 6 bronze medals.
“One of the outstanding bouts of the championship was between two boxers that have qualified for Tokyo Olympic games featuring Africa Olympic qualifiers super heavyweight gold medalist Maxime Yegnong of Cameroon and Africa Olympic qualifiers heavyweight bronze medalist Elly Ajowi of Kenya. Ajowi who had received news of qualifying for the Olympic games prior to the championship through IOC boxing taskforce ranking, seemed to be motivated by the news and fought like a true warrior on his way to outpointing the powerful Cameroonian on split points 3-2 and winning his first ever gold medal for Kenya.”
Elly Ajowi of Kenya (blue) crying tears of joy as he wins a split point decision against Maxime Njiayo Yegnong of Cameroon in super heavyweight bout of Africa Zone 3 boxing championship 2021 in Kinshasa.
“Here in Kenya, we were not able to assemble a team for world junior championship in Poland since we could not organize a tournament to select a team, as boxing in the country has been suspended as well as all sporting events as a result of 3rd wave of Covid-19 raging in the Country. Kenya National team boxers preparing for Tokyo Olympic Games will be vaccinated against Covid-19 before they resume the next phase of preparation in the coming week after the Easter holiday,” concluded the newsletter.