Kenyan Boxer Slams Sports Ministry
Kenyan Boxer Benson Gicharu slammed the Ministry for Sports,Art and Culture for not supporting him for his quest to qualify for the Olympics by refusing to provide him with a coach.
The Kenyan APB bantamweight won the Olympic Games qualifiers in Vargas, Venezuela minus a coach.
Gicharu, clinched a gold medal on Friday night without throwing a single punch when his Dominican opponent, Hector Luis Garcia, failed to climb the ring.
Gicharu relied on well wishers at the International Boxing Association (AIBA) and Boxing Association of Kenya (BAK) to travel to Venezuela after the National Olympics Committee of Kenya (Nock) ruled out financing his trip.
On his facebook page Gicharu wrote:
“Many thought that i came here alone but deep inside my heart i knew very well i was with Jesus Christ who is my Lord and my personal saviour”.
Getting here was not that easy, thus after the ministry denied me a ticket but thanks to God there where some guys in (AIBA) and (Bak)
who believed I was worth the shot so they made the trip successfull, the flight was cancelled to get to Venezuela in due time but on arrival i coincidentally came across a good friend of mine by the name Thulasi Tharumalingam who also managed to qualify for Rio Olympics as well, who all along we have being training together here with the help of coach Carlos who was once my coach when i used to play for Qatar in 2004.
So for this successful journey it has been a joint effort from, my friends, my fans, team mates, coaches, (Bak), family members, wife and my church members who with you guys have been tirelessly keeping me in prayers, so i take this opportunity with much gratitude to tell you how grateful i am for you support.
Much of all how great our heavenly Father,” he wrote.
Gicharu’s sheer determination helped him overcome Venezuelan Victor Rodriguez in the semi finals for a quota place to Rio Olympics, thanks to some awesome body shots the home boxer had to contend with.
The Nairobi based Police officer who defeated the Venezuelan 3-0 in the semis now becomes the third Kenyan boxer to make it to the games after welterweight Rayton Okwiri and light flyweight Peter Mungai who made it at continental level.