Apr 30, 2013 Sports Comments Off on Amateur boxers to receive stipend Thursday
– team expected to be named for Cuba tourney
Six of Guyana’s elite amateur boxers will on Thursday collect the first disbursement of a monthly $25,000 stipend complements of the Guyana Olympic Association. Stipend is part of a $5M injection into the sport by the GOA, which is headed by President K. Juman Yassin, and will run until 2016.
President of the Guyana Boxing Association Steve Ninvalle said yesterday that the boxers have signed an agreement and will receive their cheques on Thursday. The boxers identified are: Middleweight Dennis Thomas, Welterweights Ron Smith and Eon Bancroft, light weight Steffon Gouviea, bantamweight Imran Khan and female middleweight Theresa London.
Ninvalle again applauded the effort of the GOA and Mr. Yassin, claiming that stipend for boxers formed an important part of the GBA Road To Brazil four-year plan.
Meanwhile, Ninvalle informed that GBA executives, will be meeting soon to select a team to attend the Roberto Balado and the Cardova Cardin Boxing Tournaments which will be held from 4th to 11th and 15th to 22nd June respectively in Cuba. The team is scheduled to be in the Spanish speaking island for approximately one month. However, the participation hinges heavily on the acquisition of sponsorship.
“It is extremely important that our boxers attend such competitions. We just cannot continue to fight at home against local competition and expect to make an impact on the world stage or return with medals at major international competitions. If we are serious about participating at the next Olympic and medaling, then we must start now,” Ninvalle declared.
The team of elite fighters for Cuba is expected to be drawn mainly from those receiving stipends and will be accompanied by a manager and a coach.
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