Nigerian Boxing Federation (NBF) chief coach Obisia NwamkpaÂ has called for grass-roots competitions as a way of promoting boxing in the country.
Nwamkpa, believe that the dearth of competitions had stalled the growth of the sport. He said that regular competitions were ways of preparing athletes early for national and international competitions.
He added that if boxers were not having competitions, their skills would not be honed for good performance.
Nwamkpa said that the country could harness its abundant talents at the grass roots to come back to reckoning in the world of boxing.
â€œCompetitions are the true test of coachesâ€™ knowledge and serve as a yardstick for measuring their athletes performance,â€ he said.
The coach said that boxers in the country must be exposed to international competitions for them to compete favourably with their counterparts worldwide.
He advised governments, corporate and non-governmental organisations to stake their money in boxing for it to grow in the country.
He also urged other state governments in the country to emulate Lagos State which, he noted, was now sponsoring boxing.
He cited the Lagos Governorâ€™s Belt, sponsored by the state but organised by an NGO, Lagos Boxing Hall of Fame under its monthly â€œSaturday Boxing Showâ€ as good for boxing development.
â€œI hope that sports administrators at the national level will come up with programmes that will sustain and promote boxing,â€ Nwamkpa added.