Luanda – The secretary-general of the Angolan Boxing Federation (FABOXE), Luís Gregório, Monday in Luanda, deplored the disqualification of Ntumba Silva from the London Olympic Games, blaming it on his coach, Boaventura Cardoso.
Speaking the Angop, the FABOX secretary-general said he fails to understand the reasons behind the default of the Angolan pugilist on the weighing day, which led the organisation of the event into excluding him from the 91 kilograms fight of Wednesday last week against
Italian Clemente Russo.
“After much effort and a huge investment by the Angolan Government in the preparation and travel of the athlete, we all felt desolated with the disqualification of Ntumba Silva. The blame for the absence from the weighing can only be imputed to coach Boaventura Cardoso, who already has experiences in international competitions. Even in local competitions weighing is an indispensable act. Until now, we fail to understand what has actually happened,” he stated.
He said the federation is awaiting an explanation from the coach and the Angolan Olympic mission in London, so an official decision is made on the case.
The 26-year old Angolan boxer Ntumba Silva was disqualified by the organisation of the Olympic Games of London, after he failed to turn up for the compulsory weighing stipulated by the rules.
Ntumba, with a four-year career, plays for Electro club of Lobito, Angola’s central Benguela province. He was set to face 30-year old Italian boxer who was world amateur champion in 2007 and silver medal at Beijing Olympic Games.