Wahid, Commey relish SWAG award

CommeyA mateur boxing flyweight prospect, Abdul Wahid Omar is relishing in his nomination as SWAG Amateur Boxer of the Year 2014 after the sports journalists welfare body announced the list of winners and contenders on Monday.

Wahid who trains with the Wisdom gym in Accra was one of Ghana’s two medalists at last year’s Commonwealth Games held in Glasgow.

But unfortunately, the promising boxer is yet to be paid a pledge bonus of 3000 dollars for bronze medalist at the month-long competition.

Wahid, who is bent on winning more laurels with the Black Bombers, told Times Sports yesterday that he was elated by his nomination and feels motivated to train harder to win gold in future games before turning professional.

“I am very happy about this choice. I think I deserve it because I worked hard to win gold but unfortunately I didn’t get to the finals but I know getting to the medal stage is an equally good achievement considering the strength and number of people that contested against me,” he said.

According to him, the announcement of the award came at an opportune time after failure by the authorities to pay his ‘winning bonus.’

“I have been very discouraged and even wondered whether the hard work and commitment is worth it. If it happened to be footballers, it will take no time to pay their monies. I hope the authorities would fulfill their promise and let us have our money.”

His professional counterpart, Richard Commey, who was announced winner of the Professional Boxer of the Year also told Times Sports the award would propel him to greater heights.

Speaking from his UK base yesterday, Commey, who thrived on his Commonwealth feat in lightweight said ‘ I am so excited about it. It is a prestigious award every young sportsman vies for and it takes hard work to catch the selectors attention.’

“This goes to explain that the little I have done so far is appreciated by Ghanaians. It will spur me on to put up my best.”

Commey returned to the UK later last year and has since fought once in Denmark and is preparing for another fight in the UK before fighting in his maiden defense of the title he won.

By Andrew Nortey

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