The Guyana Amateur Boxing Association has shortlisted a squad of 16 boxers to prepare for possible selection on the team to the Olympic Games in London, England next year.
According to GABA President Steve Ninvalle, they decided to choose 10 senior boxers and six youths to prepare, noting that at anytime other boxers can be added and anyone of the selectees could be taken off if or when necessary.
Ninvalle disclosed that the fighters will commence training after April 16 when head Trainer Terrence Poole completes a Training programme he is involved in. Poole along with Lennox Daniels, Sebert Blake, National Coach Wensel Thomas, Carl Franklin and James Walcott will be tasked with honing the skills of the boxers during the training period, a programme dubbed ‘Road to London’.
Guyana will hope to go a step or two farther than the 1980 feat of lone Olympic medalist Michael Parris, who won a Bronze medal.
Those chosen with the intention of carrying the dreams and hopes of a country and who would be harbouring their own aspirations are: Seniors; Bert Braithwaite (Jnr welterweight), Eon Bancroft (welterweight), Ron Smith (middleweight), Markember Pierre (light heavyweight) and Samuel Primo (heavyweight) all from the Guyana Defence Force gym; Tony Daley (junior flyweight) New Bauxite Bombers gym, Dexter Wray (junior flyweight) Ricola gym, Stephon Gouveia (lightweight) Harpy Eagles gym, Nankumar Singh (lightweight) Republican gym and Kelsie George (middle weight) Pocket Rocket gym.
Among the youths are: Imran Khan (flyweight) Harpy Eagles, Keeve Allicock (bantamweight) Forgotten Youth Foundation gym, Marvin Ageday (light welterweight), Laured Stewart (welterweight) of the FYF gym, Richard Williamson (flyweight) Pocket Rocket gym and Benjamin Henry (bantamweight) port Kaituma.
GABA will leave no stone unturned to ensure the final squad is well prepared for the Olympics. They will also be enlisting the support of the business community and government as they seek to put together a top notch squad in just over a year’s time and make a mark in London by their performance.
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