A national boxing coach, Aduro Olalehin on Thursday said that he would strive to turn the nation’s boxers into potential gold medalists at the forthcoming Commonwealth Games. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Commonwealth Games is scheduled to hold from July 23 to Aug. 3 in Glasgow, Scotland. Olalehin told NAN that he would use the Scotland Games to erase the disappointment of the nation’s poor performance at the Delhi 2010 Common Games. ``I want to promote Nigeria’s boxing to the next level and hopefully we are going for gold in Glasgow because the commitment from the boxers is there. ``The preparation is good. Usually preparation requires three months but we’ve started this early because we want to make a mark. ``What we are having now is an open camp but by the time we get into closed camp the intensity of our training will definitely increase,” he said.
Olalehin, who was one of the country’s representatives in the boxing event of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games, said the support from the federation was encouraging. According to him, since I narrowly lost the gold to Kenny Anderson of Scotland in Melbourne, we have not won a medal in boxing. ``This has given me the passion to encourage the boxers to work hard and go for gold in Glasgow. They have what it takes to perform exceptionally well. ``Thanks to the federation’s support, we’ve been making tremendous progress.” NAN reports that Olalehin represented the country in the Light Heavyweight category of the Melbourne 2006 Games, where he won a silver medal. Nigeria finished 9th on the medals table at the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games in India, winning 11 gold, eight silver and 14 bronze medals.