The Nigerian Army has emerged the overall winner of the 2017 National Open Boxing Championship.
A statement issued on Sunday in Abuja by Brig.-Gen. Sani Usman, Army spokesman, said the Nigerian army team came first.
According to the statement, the army won 4 Gold, 1 Silver and 5 Bronze medals in the 6-day event which concluded at the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.
Lagos State came 2nd with 3 gold, 6 silver and 3 bronze medals while the Nigeria Police came 3rd with 1 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze medal.
Usman said Ogun came 4th with one gold, one silver and two bronze medals.
The won soldier
“With this development, the Nigerian Army team will be among the teams to represent Nigeria at the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games in June, and also at the World Championships in August, 2017,” he said.
Usman said that 20 states, the army, the police, NSCDC, and nine boxing clubs including Kanu Nwankwo, Alafin, Golden Gloves, WWBA, Abbey International, Oba Adeyemi and Bukar Tiger, participated in the event.
“The championship also featured 10 weight categories for male and 3 weight categories for female boxers.
“On the whole, 209 male boxers and 42 female boxers competed for honours during the champion,” the army spokesman said.
Journalists recalled that two weeks ago, the Nigerian Army Marathon Team performed excellently at the 2nd Lagos City Marathon.