Amateur boxers to benefit from ring donated by sports ministry to GABA
Boxers affiliated to the Guyana Amateur Boxing Association (GABA) would now be able to practice their trade in comfort after the Minister of Culture Youth and Sports, Frank Anthony handed over a spanking new boxing ring to the President of that organization, Steve Ninvalle.
The ceremony took place at the National Gymnasium, Mandela Avenue where the boxers were battling for top honours at the Michael Parris Open Boxing championships. Director of Youth and Sports, Neil Kumar was also at the ceremony as well as the man in whose honour the tournament was being held, Michael Anthony Parris.
The Minister described Parris as an inspiration to amateur boxers and urged the present crop of amateurs to emulate his works. He also heaped praises on Mr. Ninvalle for his astounding efforts that have been responsible for the phenomenal improvements witnessed in the sport. “Ever since Nr. Ninvalle undertook the helm of the GABA there has been definite improvement and my Ministry feels obligated to support the forward thrust of these plans,” said Mr. Anthony. He further promised to continue supporting boxing since he recognizes the potential of this discipline to accrue honours for the country.
Mr. Parris subsequently expressed deep gratitude for the gift noting that the boxers need all the assistance possible to realize their goals. He reflected on his heydays and lamented the absence of staunch commitment in the sport but is optimistic that this trait will return over time.
Mr. Ninvalle expressed profound gratitude to the Minister while urging the boxers to care the equipment. He also acknowledged the Minister’s comments pertaining to his administrative prowess and promised to continue working hard towards the boxers’ elevation and success on the international scene.