The Minister of Sports and Physical Education last Friday received three boxers who recently picked their tickets for the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
Albert Mengue Ayissi and Maxime Yegnong won gold medals in the Dakar qualification tournament while Wilfried Seyi won bronze in the same competition. The pugilists were accompanied by the president of the Cameroon National Olympic and Sports Committee (CNOSC) Kalkaba Malboum and the president of the Cameroon Boxing Federation, Magloire Mendouga.
Mouelle Kombi hyped the boxers for their patriotism and combativeness in defending the National colours. He said the boxers should not relent on their fighting spirit.
On their part, the president of the CNOSC pleaded for government support to help the boxers better prepare for the Games. Mr Kalkaba Malboum said the boxing federation had chosen some boxing tournaments across the globe in which the pugilists could participate to enhance their boxing skills.
The plea yielded fruits as the minister said the State will go the extra mile to ensure their expectations are met and which is to put the boxers in necessary conditions for the Olympic Games.
The sports minister called on the boxers to continue lifting the Cameroonian flag high. He admonished them to redeem the image of Cameroonian boxing and write a new page in the history like their predecessors Joseph Bessala who won Africa’s first Olympic medal in Mexico 1968 and Martin Ndongo Ebanga, a bronze medallist in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games.