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Benson Gicharu Overcame All Odds to secure Title

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Olympic bound bantamweight Boxer Benson Gicharu overcame all odds to secure himself a slot in the upcoming 2o16 Rio Olympics by clinching a Gold Medal at Olympic Games qualifiers in Vargas, Venezuela.

As he narrates his ordeal,Gigharu told Ghetto Radio that he traveled to Venezuela for the semi finals of the APB-WSB Olympic qualifiers without the National Olympic Committee of Kenya’s (Nock) support.

The 31 year old relied on the federation as well as well wishers who were kind enough to raise funds for his trip to Venezuela.

Gicharu,in an interview says “God has been on my side for all this while.It is a shame that the Nock and the government did not believe in me”.

But his problems did’nt end there as the Boxer fell into trouble when he was unable to produce his passport at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).

He however managed to convince the authorities who gave him the benefit of doubt by allowing him to board a plane at the Airport,that “he was a well known boxer and a Kenya Policeman”.

NOCK were’nt confident enough to fund Gicharu’s trip to Venezuela after he failed three qualifiers attempt.

Gicharu also lost in the qualifiers in Yaoundé, Cameroon in March and at the World Boxing Championships in Baku.

“Nobody looked at me in the face but it was rumored that I wasn’t going to participate in the qualifiers because NOCK thought that our team was weak”.

“But I didn’t want to listen to that because I knew deep inside that I was able and with God’s Grace I was going to win”.

The 31 year old clinched a gold medal in Vargas,Venezuela to overcome Victor Rodriguez who handed him a walkover.

Gicharu was Kenya’s sole male representative at the 2012 London Olympics.

He,however is confident he can win to secure the 2016 Rio Championship title later this year.

Kenya Police constable Peter Mungai and Kenya Prisons officer Rayton Okwiri will also be representing Kenya at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

COLETTA JUMA

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