Sports Cabinet Secretary nominee Rashid Mohammed was a boxer in early 90s before he hung his gloves in 2001. Mohammed was a former welterweight boxer who had a stint with the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) and Kenya Prisons before he quit the game.
According to his coach George Gichuki, the new nominee for the Cabinet position participated in many leagues including Kenya Intermediate and Kenya Open.
“During that time there were no medals but he assisted his teams to win many trophies,” said Gichuki. Gichuki said during his time with Mohammed he was ‘a hard-working boxer and a very disciplined player’.
He said due to his hard work Mohammed was elected Western Amateur Boxing Association (WABA) chairman immediately after he retired from boxing. Gichuki said his election enabled WABA to officially join Boxing Association of Kenya (BAK), the then Amateur Boxing Association (ABA), after staying in the cold from national boxing for years.
Speaking separately to People Daily, Mohammed said he had worked hard to improve the boxing games in the country since 2001. “When I retired from the armed forces in 2001, I ensured that the defunct Mumias Sugar Boxing Club was revived,” he said.
He said he gave himself the club because of his love for boxing and the fact that he wanted the young men to have good lives. “I was touched by poverty in Mumias. I noted the boxers could hardly buy training gears besides the required diet.
This is harmful for boxers who want to achieve in the game. Mohammed said he had so far facilitated boxing development in six regions in Western namely Mumias, Busia, Butere, Bungoma, Luanda and Funyula.