Negligence of medical personnel led to the death of Imo boxer Chukwuemeka Igboanugo at the ongoing National Sports Festival in Asaba, Delta State. The boxer died in the ring Tuesday after receiving punches from a boxer from Anambra State.
Endurance Aberegidi, coach of Borno State team, said the late boxer did not receive immediate medical attention that could have saved his life.
Coach Aberegidi, who witnessed the episode, said, “It was a pathetic situation. These guy trained for years and after getting a national opportunity, he then dieD in the ring.
“I was in the ring side when he fell and the medics rushed in and tried to revive him. He slightly responded and they took him to the emergency unit, then they asked for the boxer’s coach.
“I walked up to them and they told me that the boy was not responding to treatment. They were looking for the coach for over 20 minutes as the boy was not responding to treatment.
“I don’t know why they wasted so much time to treat the boy. They should have focused on treating him. They said the boy didn’t allow anyone to treat him and after a short while, they came back and said he had given up.”