GABA receives boxing equipment from NSC
- Minister says more equipment to be donated
The National Sports Commission (NSC) yesterday donated a quantity of boxing equipment including two sledge hammers to President of the Guyana Amateur Boxing Association (GABA), Steve Ninvalle, during a simple ceremony which also had in attendance other members of the Body, at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall, Homestretch Avenue.
The equipment was presented by Minister of Sport Dr. Frank Anthony and according to the President was recommended by Cuban Coach Francisco Hernandez Roldan to assist in the further development and preparation of the team selected to vie for qualification for the London Olympics.
The two hammers will be used to strengthen the boxers’ arms by way of hitting them against large tyres during training.
Ninvalle revealed that Guyana has not been represented at the Olympics since 1996 and informed that a team will depart Guyana on May 2 for Brazil where the boxers will attempt to qualify for the Olympics set for London in July.
The team of which the President did not give a head count is currently encamped at the Andrew ‘Six Head’ Lewis Gym in Albouystown for almost one week.
Asked about the team’s preparation, Ninvalle said it is going smoothly and was glad that the Cuban Coach is here to share his experience and expertise with the local coaches for two years.
He expressed his pleasure with the equipment donated by the NSC in his brief speech and hinted that an U-16 Boxing Tournament will be hosted to give the Cuban Coach an opportunity to examine the nursery level of the sport.
Dr. Anthony, who spoke of the donation in relation to assisting in the transformation of boxing in Guyana, said that the gift was an initial one to support the boxers’ development as they undergo training with Roldan.
He added that once the budget is through more equipment will be bought for the sport since he believes that boxing is one of the areas that could win more medals for Guyana.
GABA, General Secretary, Sean Richmond disclosed that a dynamic programme will be put in place for boxers to further aid in the development of the sport country wide.
“The boxers will be in touch with all gyms in Guyana as a spin off strategy to be employed by the coaches. We are drawing from the Cuban Coach, techniques and strategies to upgrade our system.”