NAIROBI (Xinhua) – Nick Okoth, winner of the African Boxing Championships, remains hopeful the rescheduled Olympic Games will not come a year too late for him to live his dream to win gold in Tokyo.
The Africa champion will be 38 when the world congregates in Tokyo for the Olympic Games. Okoth is hopeful he will get better with age.
He will lead the country’s boxing team, which is keen to restore and live up to its nickname as Kenya’s Hit Squad.
In reality, Okoth said going to Olympics in 2020 provides a better prospect for him to dominate and win gold.
However, with the competition postponed due to COVID-19, he has no choice but to hold onto his ambitions for another year. “I know it’s a tough call because I will be a year older and maybe slower.
However, I am not throwing in the towel. I believe it is a case of mental fight before the actual fight and I want to win that. I will continue to train, sacrifice and push my body through the ceiling. It is one call I have to compete at the Olympics,” he added.
Kenya has high hopes of fielding over 100 sportsmen at the Olympics in more diverse disciplines beyond track and field.
Currently, 87 athletes have already secured their ticket to Tokyo, but only two have made it from boxing; namely Okoth and Commonwealth Games flyweight bronze medallist Christine Ongare.