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Enugu aligns with Bullet Energy Drink for boxing development


Boxing in Enugu State got a boost on Thursday as a Nigerian firm, Bullet Energy Drink, entered a partnership with the state government to develop the sport.

Details of the sponsorship, The Guardian leant, includes provision of new boxing  gym with equipment, assisting the state to discover boxers
at the grassroots, who could be groomed for professionalism, as well as help it set up a 20-man boxing team for the state.

Already, Bullet Energy Drink has earmarked about N100 million for the project, which would see would be boxers receiving financial support
during boxing season, as well as being adopted by the company.

Bullet’s Energy Drink representative, Mr. Anthony Uche, who dropped the hint while briefing reporters in Enugu shortly after formalizing the project with officials of the state government, said the company was poised to help develop boxing in Nigeria.

He stated that the programme, which kicks off in August this year has added to the number of sports being supported by the company in
Nigeria, stressing that before now, it had supported football and basketball activities.

Uche said the company would replicate the partnership for the promotion of boxing in other zones of the country, adding that “Enugu
became the first in the southeast geo-political zone because of the interest the state government has shown in the promotion of boxing
among other states in the zone.”

Uche, who applauded the state’s Commissioner for Sports, Charles
Ndukwe, for the interest he had shown in promoting sports in the state, said that Enugu was setting the pace for other southeast states to

Also speaking, the State’s Director of Sports, Mr. Chris Mba, assured that the state government would deliver on its promise to make sports
a contributor to the revenue generation, stressing that it would continue to create jobs for her teeming sports lovers.

He said that the state government was poised to ensure that it engaged its teeming youths effectively.

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