MOGADISHU, SOMALIA – Somali boxer Ramla Ali was defeated on the Tokyo Video games Monday, however she nonetheless made historical past because the nation’s first Olympic boxer. VOA speaks to Somalia’s boxing federation and beginner boxers concerning the significance of Ali’s moving into the ring.
Somali feminine boxer Ramla Ali misplaced to Romanian Claudia Nachita within the spherical of 16 on the Olympics Monday however her efficiency within the ring excited 1000’s of Somalis again house.
Abdirahman Ali Mire, chief of the Somali Boxing Federation, mentioned upcoming boxers look to Ali as their position mannequin.
He mentioned Ramla’s illustration of Somalia on the Olympics was historic and realized the desires of boxers following years of laborious work and coaching. He added Ali’s expertise will inspire upcoming Somali boxers who look as much as her and consider within the spirit of flying the flag of Somalia in worldwide boxing competitions.
Tons of of Somalis posted messages on social media praising her braveness for being the primary feminine boxer representing a Horn of Africa nation within the Olympics.
Dahir Abdile was amongst tons of of supporters that watched her battle on TV in Mogadishu.
He says that they had excessive expectations of Ramla efficiency within the ring as a result of skilled coaching and regardless of the defeat, they consider she is going to carry out properly in different upcoming occasions.
Boxing shouldn’t be some of the common sports activities amongst Somalis. However the few professionals like Omar Abdi Ali who practice exterior the nation, as does Ramla, hope they’ll observe her footsteps.
He says he is happy with Ramla representing Somalia within the ring in Tokyo Monday and hopes to affix her within the upcoming boxing competitions whereas collectively representing their nation.
Somalia is represented by one different athlete on the Tokyo video games. Sports activities officers say they’re planning to ship extra athletes to imminent Olympics.