March 17, 2011

Female boxers decry gender discrimination

Lagos – Female boxers have decried alleged gender discrimination by organisers of boxing tournaments.

In an interviews on Wednesday in Lagos, the boxers claimed that they were being neglected and not given the opportunity to display their skills.

They urged government to encourage female boxing by sponsoring competitions which would encourage more females to take up the sport.

“Boxing organisers discriminate against us during competitions. This is not good for the development of the sport. We urge government to help us,” Mutiat Adebayo, who is in the 54kg category said.

Adebayo, the best boxer in the November, 2010 edition of the Starcomms sponsored Lagos monthly boxing show, said that most organisers did not include female bouts in their competitions.

The 16-year-old student of Ewutuntun Senior Secondary School, Yaba, Lagos, said that a lack of female competitions was a clog in the development of the sport.

She also suggested that boxing should be introduced into school curricular and at inter-house sports competitions to discover budding talents.

Another boxer, Oluchi Ochonma, 75kg, said that the lack of facilities was discouraging females from taking up boxing, urging the government to properly equip the gym at the stadia.

The bronze medalist at the 2009 National Sports Festival said that now was the time to start grooming female boxers in preparations for the 2012 Olympics in London.

“I see a future for female boxers in this country. Female should be encouraged to participate in boxing because what a man can do a woman can also do,” she said. (NAN)