Former national boxing champion and coach, Jerry Okorodudu has sued for support for the country’s boxers, ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.
The boxers are currently camped at Lagos National Stadium ahead of the Games which hold Down Under from April 4 to 15, but Okorodudu has alleged that they are not being taken care of properly.
Okorodudu, who represented Nigeria at Los Angeles ‘84 Olympics in the middleweight class, however, said he is sure that the current crop of boxers in camp have the capacity to do well and represent the nation creditably.
He also advised the boxers to be focused and shun anything that could undermine their performances in Australia.
Nigeria won 11 gold, 11 silver and 14 bronze medals at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, but Okorodudu believes they can do better this time out.
He, however, stressed that there should be better preparations for the team, from which 16 out of the 32 boxers earlier invited to camp by Nigeria Boxing Federation remain in camp.
The one once fondlycalled ‘Loudmouth Jerry’ said: “The athletes are already in camp as we all know, but it goes beyond that for them to excel in Gold Coast.
“We have to consider some factors.Is the atmosphere conducive to the boxers, are they well motivated to bring the best out of them, is there any psychologist on the ground to evaluate their mental wellbeing and other factors?”