Positive moves are afoot for local amateur boxing with key linkages with overseas partners that will benefit the sport here.
President of the Guyana Amateur Boxing Association, Steve Ninvalle, told Kaieteur Sport that recent discussions with New York based Michael Carryl, a successful amateur trainer, referee and organiser of one of the biggest amateur competitions in long Island, has been fruitful. Ninvalle informed that a proposal has been made to have some of the talented boxers from the New York area come here and participate in competition and programmes have been well received.
Official documentation will be forwarded to the relevant personnel for the requisite approval, but the move has been agreed to by the main principals in principle. The second half of the year has been targeted for the start of this programme.
Ninvalle disclosed that he informed the GABA executive and they readily approved this development.
Meanwhile, the Dominica Amateur Boxing Association has made a request to GABA to have some of their boxers train under our local coaches.
Ninvalle informed that Mr. Hugh Henry, a representative of the Dominica Association, delivered a letter from the president John Charles making the request for them to utilise the services of our talented pool of coaches. The Dominicans have proposed to fund their stay in Guyana.
The GABA boss stated that in discussions with his executive, they foresaw no problems and the programme will be formalised shortly in writing. The Dominicans have recognised the talent of our local pool of coaches and this move can form positive links for Guyana’s amateur programme.
Meanwhile, GABA Selection Committee is to meet tomorrow to select a team of boxers to compete in the Pan Am box off set for Colombia in June. This tournament qualifies fighters for the Olympic Games. Currently GABA has 16 fighters in training under a team of top notch coaches including, Wincel Thomas, Terrence Poole and Sebert Blake, and the committee will chose the team from among these fighters.
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