Guyana’s elevation to the Executive Committee of AIBA is being hailed as the most positive development in
boxing in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in years.
President of the Jamaica Boxing Association Stephen Jones admitted that the region is re-energised by its recent promotion to the AIBA hierarchy and the Caribbean is now a more united boxing family.
“I can say without hesitation that the election of Mr. (Steve) Ninvalle to AIBA’s Executive Committee is the most positive move that has happened to the sport of boxing in our region in years. To have a voice that is not only respected by the federations in the Americas, but understands the plight that we have faced is paramount,” Jones said.
Ninvalle, the president of the Guyana Boxing Association, created history at the Congress in South Korea earlier this month when he became the first person from the 15-nation CARICOM to be elected to the Executive Committee of AIBA.
The governing body for boxing in the world, AIBA has 196 member countries and is considered the second most powering sport organization after FIFA. Jones explained that the Caribbean needs to have its concerns relayed directly to AIBA and Ninvalle’s election is could not have come at a better time.
“With a voice on the Executive Committee at the very least our concerns would be heard. I applaud Steve and will ensure that he has the full support of the Jamaica Boxing Association whenever necessary,” Jones promised.
The JBA boss pointed out that the region is in need of support and anticipates that Ninvalle’s recent elevation will assist in providing a cushion.
“The most important thing at the moment would be more assistance from AIBA, whether it is courses for the coaches and officials, or tournaments that can be considered qualifying events for the Olympics.”
Jones was one of 11 presidents from Caribbean associations who travelled to South Korea for the elections. He acknowledged that there was a sense of renewed Caribbean unity at the Congress which augurs well for the sport.
“It was truly encouraging to see how all the Caribbean Presidents had galvanized around Steve, fueled by the confidence
we had in him, to help guide us as one boxing family. It is re-energizing if not a rebirth.”
Since the Congress, there has been an upsurge in activity among Caribbean nations and a call for the all AIBA affiliated regional countries to make a special effort to update their status.
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