Cameroon – Ndam Njikam: Barred by France, boxer finally gets his ticket for Rio under Cameroon

Written by Deckson N.

The former WBA and WBO world champion obtained his visa for the next Olympic Games at a tournament of qualifications in Venezuela.

A success for Hassan Ndam Njikam. Barred by France, his adopted country, the former world champion WBA (World Boxing Association) and WBO (World Boxing Organization), had expressed the wish to defend the colors of Cameroon, his native country, at the Olympics Games of 2016 (5-21 August). With the Cameroon Boxing Federation (FECABOXE) and its President, Bertrand Magloire Mendounga, the 32 year-old boxer was able to register for the tournament of qualifications in Venezuela (3-9 July 2016).

This is now done. Hassan Ndam (-81kg) won his qualification on the night of July 7 with his semifinal victory over Ukrainian Denys Solonenko. Whatever the outcome of the final against the formidable Colombian Juan Carlos Carlillo (28 fights, 28 wins, including 27 before the end), Cameroon will be present in Rio de Janeiro in less than a month.

This will be his second participation after 2004. In Athens, 12 years ago, the former African champions participated in the Olympics as an amateur boxer from Cameroon. This year, the native of Yaounde will go to Rio in the professional pugilist stance. The International Amateur Boxing Federation (AIBA) has decided to admit now professional boxers in Olympic Games.

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