For Ongare, just making it to the Olympics and having the opportunity to box on a big platform is a huge accomplishment that serves as an inspiration to many young people.
"I am a ghetto girl who has gone a long way to be able to compete in the Olympics. I won't be stuck with losing today's match; all I'll think about is performing on the big platform and being counted as an Olympian, "Ongare stated.
Flyweight Christine Ongare, Kenya-Hit squad boxing team.
It is with no doubt that the junior boxer has had a difficult road, not only surviving the harsh existence in the Nairobi slums, but also having to deal with the reality that she became a mother at an early age.
She hopes that after battling in Tokyo, it will serve as an example to many young women, particularly in the slums, that nothing is impossible if they work hard enough.
She also stated that she was inspiring many young people to look at what she had accomplished and strive to do even better.
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