Ahead of the National Sports Festival scheduled for November 5, 2024, the Ogun State Boxing Association gathered elite boxers from across the state for a free trial on Saturday.
Approximately 69 boxers assembled at the Alake Sports Complex, Ijeja, from different parts of the state to compete for selection.
The trial was part of the selection process for the 2024 National Sports Festival.
According to the training coordinator, Mrs. Yinka Adeoti, the 69 boxers consisted of 53 males and 16 females.
Mrs. Adeoti explained that in the female category, six boxers competed in the 48kg, two in the 50kg, two in the 54kg, another two in the 57kg, while the last four boxers competed in the 60kg.
In the male category, six boxers competed in the 48kg, eight duels in the 51kg, while two boxers had a bout in the 54kg.
In the 57kg, four boxers competed in two bouts, with an additional six boxers exchanging punches in the 60kg, while 10 boxers competed in the 63.5kg.
Four boxers competed in the 67kg, two boxed in the 75kg, while another two boxers competed in the 86kg.
Coach Adeoti pointed out that 35 out of the 69 boxers registered for the trials have successfully qualified for the next round of trials scheduled to take place soon.
She added that the state would compete in the 25 category bouts highlighted for the festival, with 12 female and 13 male boxers respectively.
She noted that the trial exercise was to ensure that the best boxers were selected for the Nigeria Olympics.
She urged all boxers to cooperate with the association and comply with the rules of the game, assuring the state government of a medal haul in boxing during the 22nd National Sports Festival to be hosted by Ogun state.