*Championship will revive boxing in the state
Kogi State government on Thursday inaugurated the local organising committee (LOC) for the 2017 Governor Yahaya Bello national boxing championship scheduled to hold in August.
The LOC inauguration for the national event organised by the Kogi state Boxing Association is in partnership with the state government was held at the commissioner of youth and sports’ office in Lokoja.
Speaking at the LOC inauguration, Chairman of the state’s Boxing body, Prince Mathew Kolawole hailed the support of the governor, noting that the championship will help Kogi and the north central states to re-discover hidden talents in the region.
The Nigeria Boxing Federation (NBF) board member said national boxers are expected to storm the state capital from various parts of the zone and the country to compete for varying cash prizes.
“The tournament is tagged governor Yahaya Bello National Boxing Championship to honour him because coincidentally, the governor used to be a boxer,” said Prince Kolawole.
“The championships is in three phases: Champion of Champions, U-21 and U-16, which is to groom upcoming boxers to stardom.
“After the event, we hope Kogi boxers that wins their bouts will be sponsored to international tournaments.”
Matthew, who doubles as the Majority leader of the State House of Assembly recalled that Kogi state boxers have represented the country at Africa, Commonwealth and Olympic games winning medals, stressing that the event will revive boxing in the state.
Earlier, the Commissioner for Sports, Comrade Arome Adoji pledged total support of the state government to the success of the championship