Despite failing in their effort to win boxing gold for Team Lagos at the ongoing National Youth Games in Asaba, Delta State on Friday, the duo of Mayowa Ayomide (44kg) in the female bout and Bolarinwa Michael (46kg) in the male category won’t be deterred but saw the gold miss as a challenge for them to brace up for the future.
Fighting against Edo State’s Ameerat Abike Abubakar, Mayowa was defeated in the final of the female 44kg final. She settled for the silver medal, while Bolarinwa narrowly missed the gold medal in his 46kg fight against Habeeblah Jamaldeen from Edo State at
Chaminade Hall, St Patrick College, Asaba, Delta State.
Jamaldeen, who is featuring for the first time in the youth games, said the outing was an eye opener for him, adding that he prepared hard for the tournament.
“It is saddened that I lost the final, but I am not down. The games is over. I will go back home to focus on the future,” he said.
Amid sobbing, the Lagos female boxer said she was so pained that what she has dreamt of and determined to win in Asaba slipped out of her hands in the final.
“Nevertheless, life has to continue, I will take solace in the silver medal after all, there are some boxers who could not get to this stage,” she said.
The two young pugilists commended the Lagos State Sports Commission for giving a platform to showcase their talent at the National Youth Games