Sierra Leonean boxer Saidu P Kargbo who qualified on a wild card in the Olympic Games, lost painfully to the polish champion Maszyk Lukasz in the first bout of the light fly weight (48kg).
With Kargbo down by 13.0 in the third round, Argentinean referee Roberto had to stop the bout to save the Sierra Leonean boxer from further punishment and declared his opponent as the winner.
After scoring 5.0 in each of the first two rounds, Lukasz was leading the third round by 3.0 when referee Roberto put an end to the onslaught.
Kargbo was unable to score a single point in the bout.
The humbled Sierra Leonean described the bout as a very difficult one and he registered his determination to train harder for future competitions.
The news doesn’t get much better for the remaining two Sierra Leonean athletes in the Olympics. Solomon Bayoh, who is expected to take part in the 200 meter dash for Sierra Leone tomorrow, was forced to stop training for 72 hours because of dental treatment.
Bayoh’s female counterpart, Michaela Kargbo, who was expected to compete in the 100 meter dash and long jump, was also forced to abandon training after suffering a muscle injury.
On the bright side, Dr. Patrick Coker, the medical doctor who accompanied the team to the games, said the athletes have taken the right treatment and are responding well.
Bayoh is expected to take part in the men’s qualifying race, while Kargbo has yet to be placed in a group.
In other news, Minister of Education Youth and Sports Minkailu Bah assured the Olympic family that “it is government’s intention to use sports to unify Sierra Leone.”
He also appealed to the athletes in the Olympic village that they have the responsibility to put their country on the sports map.
Bah represented Sierra Leone at the IOC ministers conference in China