Fatuma Zarika says she owes no one any apology for losing battle.
Zarika lost the World Boxing Council super-bantamweight title to her Mexican rival in a rematch bout in Chihuahua, Mexico.
In interview on social media, Zarika says that she’s happy the belt remained in Mexico because she got no help from anyone as she prepared for the fight.
“Nimekaa na hiyo belt miaka nne. Na hakuna kitu mzuri ishaikuja except SportPesa. Government haitaki kushughulika, afadhali mshipi ibaki Mexico, mahali ambapo watai take care,” she said. (For four years, I’ve held the title and the only good thing I’ve received was help from Sportpesa. The government did not do anything, so, it’s better the belt remains in Mexico where they can take good care of it).
“Since Sportpesa exited, nobody has come to hold my hands. It is better for the belt to remain in Mexico because they will take care of it and the government supports them (Sportspersons). I have no apology because I am the one who knows the pain I am going through” she said.
The sentiments come days after Harambee Stars striker Michael Olunga pleaded with the Government to give a befitting financial support to national teams which fly Kenya’s flag in international competitions, in regards to claims of late payment of hotel bills for the team during their African Cup of Nations qualifier in Egypt.
Olunga cried for respect to athletes across all disciplines, retaliating that they deserved governments support.
“The government supported us fully during the AFCON and I hope they continue supporting us in future and not football alone but also in other sports which deserve the government’s support,” Olunga said moments after the Group G opening qualifier tie.
His sentiments were echoed by team captain Victor Wanyama who also called for calm among his teammates, amidst simmering heat between the federation and the Sports ministry