Al­lic­ock pledges to medal at Tokyo 2020 if given the chance

Stabroek News Sunday - - SUNDAY SPORT - By Ro­mario Sa­ma­roo

Joint win­ner of the Na­tional Sports Com­mis­sion Ju­nior Sports­man-of-theYear award and the best ban­tamweight fighter in the Caribbean, Keevin Al­lic­ock, is proud to rep­re­sent his home­town, Al­bouys­town, as he sets his eye on medalling at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

In an in­ter­view after win­ning the award ear­lier this week, the 19-year-old boxer from the For­got­ten Youth Foun­da­tion (FYF) Boxing Gym was emo­tional when his name was called as the win­ner of the award, cred­it­ing God, hard work and sac­ri­fice as the keys to his as­cent to the top.

“First of all I have to thank God be­cause with­out God I couldn’t achieve this, se­condly it called for a lot of hard work and a lot of sac­ri­fice, right now I’m feel­ing ex­cited,” he de­clared.

In 2017, Al­lic­ock won Guyana’s lone medal at the Youth Com­mon­wealth Games in The Ba­hamas, los­ing to Eng­land’s James David in their fly­weight (52Kg) fi­nal by split de­ci­sion.

Al­lic­ock is con­fi­dent of medalling after prov­ing him­self ca­pa­ble of go­ing toe-to­toe with the best in the squared cir­cle.

“My goal is to bring gold at the Olympics. I have what it takes, I just need the nec­es­sary sup­port to take it to the next level. I fought with the num­ber one in the world in the ban­tamweight, los­ing by a split de­ci­sion and it shows me I have what it takes and I’m go­ing to work hard to medal for my coun­try,” Al­lic­ock as­serted

On win­ning the award, Al­lic­ock said: “This mo­ti­vates me more to push and put in the ex­tra work and keep work­ing hard so I can fly the flag once more and bring more gold to the coun­try.

He also wants to in­spire others espe­cially those from Al­bouys­town.

“I think my fam­ily is go­ing to be so happy with it [award] you know, it ac­tu­ally car­ries a story be­hind it and I wanted to, you know, not just for my fam­ily but to in­spire other peo­ple, you know, it’s not where you come from its where you are go­ing and my fam­ily is def­i­nitely go­ing to be proud of it as well as my home­town and the fight­ing spirit of the for­got­ten peo­ple that I rep­re­sent,” Al­lic­ock said.

The teen pledged his ded­i­ca­tion to­wards mak­ing the coun­try proud, say­ing that he is “go­ing to push to achieve more and more” not just for him­self and fam­ily but his coun­try and bring about his dream of fly­ing the flag high.

It is a long road ahead for the Olympic prospect as he goes into the South Amer­i­can Games where he is also a fa­vorite to medal after go­ing back into his nor­mal weight class. Al­lic­ock will then pre­pare for the Cen­tral Amer­ica and Caribbean Games (CAC) in Columbia later this year.

FIGHT­ING FOR THE FOR­GOT­TEN ONES! The 2017 Ju­nior Sports­man-of-the-Year joint award win­ner Keevin Al­lic­ock

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