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Allotey fails to grab Olympic slot at the World Boxing Qualifiers

March 11, 2024
Allotey fails to grab Olympic slot at the World Boxing Qualifiers
Theophilus Kpakpo Allotey

The hopes of Ghanaian enthusiasts were dashed as Theophilus Kpakpo Allotey, affectionately known as “Theo Lopez,” failed to secure a spot in the medal zone of the 2024 Qualifiers in . Allotey's defeat came at the hands of his Korean adversary, Inkyu Kim, in a closely contested match that ended in a 2-3 split decision.

Allotey's loss marks the conclusion of Ghana's quest for an Olympic slot at Paris 2024, leaving the nation without representation in the boxing category at the global sports festival. He joins six other boxers from the Ghanaian contingent who also fell short of reaching the medal zone and securing qualification to the prestigious event.

Among those unsuccessful in the qualifiers was Samuel Takyi, Ghana's bronze medalist at the 2020 Olympics, further dampening the country's aspirations for boxing glory in Paris.

Reflecting on the challenging nature of the tournament, Mr. Ben Quartey, President of the Ghana Boxing Federation, acknowledged the formidable competition posed by boxers from Asian countries. The intensity of the opposition contributed to the formidable task faced by Ghana's boxing representatives in their pursuit of Olympic qualification.

With Ghana's hopes now pinned on the upcoming qualifiers in Thailand, the nation's boxing fraternity remains optimistic about the prospect of securing a coveted slot at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. The upcoming qualifiers present another opportunity for Ghanaian boxers to showcase their talent and determination on the international stage, as they strive to fulfill their Olympic aspirations.

As Ghana recalibrates its strategy and prepares for the next phase of Olympic qualification, the nation stands united in its support for its boxing athletes, hoping for a successful campaign in Thailand and a triumphant representation at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

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