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Cook up for the fight as he launches non-contact boxing fitness project

PUBLISHED: 18:00 30 June 2011

Ian Napa (centre) shows off his belts during the launch of the non-contact boxing youth fitness project at Forest Gate Youth Centre

Ian Napa (centre) shows off his belts during the launch of the non-contact boxing youth fitness project at Forest Gate Youth Centre

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»Former British and European super middleweight champion James Cook MBE officially launched a lottery funded non-contact boxing youth fitness project recently.

Speaking at the ceremony at Forest Gate Youth Centre, Cook encouraged the young people with words of wisdom to take part in sports and promote a healthy lifestyle.

Skills

Basic Sports and Fitness (BSF) is a community interest company offering fitness opportunities, supplementary education and life skills to people young and old.

Project manager Micheal Ochwa and co-founder John Bosco Waigo, a former boxer and 1988 Olympian, pointed out the main objective of the project.

Bosco Waigo said: “As James Cook MBE mentioned, the aim is to fight obesity, empower young people and adults through provision of non-contact boxing and fitness training to develop a strong body and mind.

“There is also emphasis on the need for young people to participate in sports activities, to consider sports as a career and develop an attitude of team building.”

Among other dignitaries present were former British and European bantamweight champion Ian Napa, former Commonwealth and WBF World champion Franco Wanyama, former Commonwealth and IBO World champion Jackson Asiku and 1988 Olympic 800-metre runner Herbert Magombe.


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