Kenyan Olympic Boxer Nick Okoth has received tremendous support from Kenyans after being eliminated in the first round of the 2021 Tokyo Games.
Sergeant Okoth of the Kenya Defense Forces narrowly lost out to Mongolian Erdenebat Tsendbaatar via split decision 3:2.
In an emotional press briefing after the fight dejected Okoth felt that he gave out his best but felt that he lost out to the Cambodian boxer unfairly.
“I did all I can in the fight after studying my opponent and I knew his game plan which was always rushing to beat up his opponents despite being down in round one I recovered in the subsequent rounds and I was confident of winning the fight,” he lamented.
“Despite being on top they gave the victory to the Mongolian and as I say it wasn’t my day,’. He decried.
The 39 year old boxer asked Kenyans for forgives in Sheng as he felt that he had let the country down.
However Kenyans reaction on Okoth’s loss and his reaction was positive towards the boxer.
“Nasema sio makosa ya boxer ni hali ya game hata najua opponent wangu alijua nilikuwa nimeshinda na vile nimekua nikiomba nikisema game yangu ya mwisho ya Olympic na hivyo ndio wameamua,naomba wakenya msamaha lakini ni moto nime washa, kwa ma fan nawaomba msamaha haikuwa iwe hivyo,” he concluded tearfully.
Below are some of the reactions.
This is a Nick Okoth appreciation tweet. You represented us well, from how you fought to how you spoke. We cheer for you, champ!!!
Kenya Defence Forces
We are proud of Sergeant Nick Okoth who narrowly lost out to Mongolian Erdenebat Tsendbaatar via split decision 3:2.
Nick Okoth, you are a true champion. The Olympic medal may have slipped out of your strong hands, but you are our hero and Kenyans Flag of Kenya are proud of you. God indeed has a reason for everything. Thank you for representing us well Flexed biceps. #YouAreTheReason #TeamKenyaOlympics2020.
Kenyan athletes should learn from Nick Okoth. Just conduct interviews in Kiswahili and let international media get a translator!
Nick Okoth proudly represented Kenya. He went ahead and gave a post match interview in Kiswahili. You are a true champion with or without a medal. You are a true Kenyan hero. We Kenyans celebrate and love you. Over to you Mary Moraa.
This kind of impunity happening in japan should be condemned. Nick Okoth You are a true Kenyan hero. We Kenyans celebrate and love you. Over to you Mary Moraa. #Curfew
MuthuiMkenya Flag of Kenya
If Kenyan politicians were as patriotic and remorseful as KDF Sergeant Nick Okoth, Kenya would be a super powerful. He did very well considering they were training at the dilapidated St. Theresa’s social hall. BRAVO Nick Okoth!!!
Nafeel uyu msee But I am happy aliamua kupeana Interview in Swahili more so sheng.
Hakuna haja ya kuforce ngoso