Guyana could have a major voice in international boxing if President of the Guyana Amateur Boxing Association
Steve Ninvalle is elected to the AIBA Americas Executive Committee but the race to that position wouldn’t be easy and is long from over.
Ninvalle is among eight persons vying to become an AMBC Executive Committee member when the AIBA Congress is held from November 11 to 14 on Jeju Island, South Korea and yesterday he revealed that the road ahead is expected to be rocky.
“It is basically a David versus Goliath scenario. You are going up against the might of the boxing world. It’s a lot of politics being played out and a lot of resources being pumped into winning. Quite frankly neither Guyana nor the Caribbean is capable of matching the resources of some of the opponents,” Ninvalle declared.
“It’s not an easy road but Guyana and the Caribbean would be giving it the best shot. You only fail when you stop trying and our best attempt is yet to come.”
The GABA head is among several members listed from countries vying for positions on this key sporting body. Among the other members vying for positions on AIBA include: Osvaldo Bisbal (Argentina), Pat Fiacco (Canada), Rafael Vega Rodriguez (Costa Rica), Alberto Puig De La Barca (Cuba), Alex Gonzalez Gutierrez (Ecuador), Ray Silvas (USA) and Fran Lopez Almeida (Venezuela).
Once successful, Ninvalle will be a vice president in the Americas area, which is led by AIBA vice president and area President Dr. Domingo Salano.
This is the first time that a representative from the English speaking Caribbean has been nominated for this crucial election of the World amateur boxing body (AIBA).
Ninvalle and the other Caribbean heads are scheduled to this week fine tune the modus operandi for the Congress.
The Americas region, headed by Salano, is expected to support Ninvalle along with the Caribbean area, while the two areas mentioned are in support of Salano to retain his post. But Ninvalle will also need support from the other members if he is to the clinch the closely contested post.
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