The Lord Mayor of Bradford, Councillor Dale Smith welcomed coaches and hard-hitting medal hopefuls from the Indian, Nigerian, Tanzanian and Vietnamese boxing teams at a pre-games media open day held at the Bradford's Pre-Games Training Camp.
The media open day included a photo and interview call with some of the world's best Olympic boxing talent including Nigeria's top female boxing star, Edith Oqoke, who is preparing to give the sporting performance of her life with the assistance of Bradford College's Head Boxing Coach, Kevin Smith.
Bradford's next generation of sporting talent - Springwood Primary and University Academy Keighley pupils - joined the Lord Mayor as the hard-hitting medal hopefuls continued their Olympic preparation.
Ronnie Todd, International Project Manager at Bradford College said: "It's absolutely tremendous that the Indian, Nigerian, Tanzanian and Vietnamese Olympic Boxing teams want to use our facilities and our outstanding coaches to prepare for what is the most unique event in British sports history."
The hosting of Pre-Games Training Camps across the regions of the UK is an integral part of the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Programme. Bradford's Pre-Games Training Camp was made possible with the assistance of Welcome to Yorkshire, the Yorkshire Gold Programme that has proven to be fantastically successful in securing Olympic Camps.
Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire and Chair of Yorkshire Gold said: "We really applaud the fantastic work Bradford has done to attract these teams. Pre-Games training camps are an integral part of how Yorkshire and the Humber have become involved in London 2012, with 43 squads in total basing themselves in the county. We look forward to welcoming the athletes to Yorkshire and will be cheering for them, alongside our own, throughout London 2012."