Monday, 22 January 2018
Boxing: GBF, MoYS smoke peace pipe

Boxing: GBF, MoYS smoke peace pipe

By Kenneth O. ADADE, Accra
President of the Ghana Boxing Federation (GBF), George Lamptey has confirmed that his federation and the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MoYS) have resolved all outstanding issues.

He said the two bodies met late last year to resolve all issues that led to Ghana’s failure to participate in the African Confederation Boxing Championship (ACBC), which took place in Brazzaville, Congo, early last year.
Speaking in an interview with Accra-based Asempa FM, George Lamptey mentioned that although the said competition was one of the qualifiers for 2020 Olympic Games, Ghana had another chance of qualifying this year.
He explained that the continental body of the federation would organise a zonal competition (Ghana falls under Zone 1) in the coming months, where Ghana will face countries like Burkina Faso, Togo, Niger, etc, to qualify for another shot at the Olympics.
It would be recalled that the Sports Ministry denied the national amateur boxing team, Black Bombers from participating in the ACBC due to some discrepancies in their budget, which was then tabled by the late Gideon Quartey.
Deputy Sports Minister, Pius Enam Hadzide explained that government chose not to fund the federation because they bloated their budget given to the Sports Ministry when they wanted funds to go to the championship.
In a related development, the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC) has partnered the Ghana Boxing Authority (GBA) and the Ghana Boxing Federation (GBF) to develop juvenile boxing in the country.
The boxing bodies (professional and amateur) have initiated a talent hunt programme to scout for young talented boxers in the Odododiodio Constituency and its environs.
The identified talents would be groomed to amateur boxers and later guided to be professional boxers.
According to the modalities for the programme, a juvenile boxing bout would be held every two weeks as a way for identifying talents.

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