Selemani Kidunda’s coach Michael Changarawe has bemoaned his absence at the Olympic Games in London has attributed to the boxer’s early exit.
Changarawe, who has taken a vacation in Mwanza after the Tanzania Olympic team boarded the Heathrow flight early this month, said his presence would have possibly changed the results.
Kidunda is an early casualty of the seven Tanzania athletes currently in London for the 30th Olympics.
He lost a match to Republic of Moldova’s boxer Vasilii Belous on 7-20 points to crash out of the medal presentation podium track.
Changarawe still backed the boxer despite defeat basing on his ability and ambition to land a medal.
“No boxer goes there to participate but to win. So I believe our boxer has been defeated by a competent opponent,” he said.
“We are still struggling tactically in the sport as contrasted to overseas boxers. I might have not changed the result but as a tactician I could have learnt a lot from other tacticians in London,” he said.
The coach argued Kidunda to take positives from his defeat and learn his mistakes as well as the ability displayed by his opponent.
The coach complained of substandard equipment used by Kidunda during his training sessions ahead of traveling to London for the Games.
“We had no sufficient equipment during preparations as contrasted to others. We trained hard but we were not well equipped in the gym and ring,” he said.
Tanzania remains with six representatives after Kidunda waved goodbye to the Games.
Swimmer Ammar Ghadiyali is expected join the fray in men’s 100 meters freestyle tomorrow. It remains to be seen whether the young swimmer’s promise before flying to London would be realised based to give home fans a glimmer of hope.