By Omulo Okoth
Kenyan sole qualifier at the London Olympics is a distressed man.
“I train with Police in the morning, but I go for the gym and aerobics in the afternoon, which I pay from my own pocket,” Gacheru told FeverPitch yesterday. He says he pays Sh300 per day for the gym in Ruaraka.
The flyweight boxer says he needs exposure because Olympics is a big thing.
“My opponent (in the recent qualifiers) in Morocco, Oteng Oteng of Botswana was sent to Cuba and will proceed to Venezuela and Ukraine before returning home for the final circuit.
“Here I am running my own programme, only with coach Patrick Waweru,” he said.
“I expect to meet him in the Olympics again, but I am sure I will be at a disadvantage, given the lack of exposure. Even athletes only excel after running against the best opponents,” he said.
Gacheru said he has already missed the chance to train in France, which held an Olympics training camp for boxers who qualified for the Games.
Gacheru lost to Oteng Oteng in the final in Morocco. They had earlier met in the All African Games where the Botswana boxer beat him in the quarter-final. He ultimately won the gold medal. The two also met in the Commonwealth Games in Delhi where the Kenyan beat him in the semi-final.
Meanwhile, five boxers from Coast left Mombasa yesterday for Kisumu for the second leg of the national boxing league, writes Ernest Ndunda.