President of the Saint Lucia Boxing Association – David ‘Shakes’ Christopher – is on his way to South Korea, where he will attend the Congress of the International Boxing Association (AIBA).
The Congress gathehttps://www.stlucianewsonline.com/wp-admin/post-new.phprs boxing administrators from AIBA’s 196 member federations worldwide, and will be held 12-14 November at the International Convention Centre on Jeju Island.
Christopher says one of the key items on the agenda for the 14 English-speaking Caribbean members of AIBA is getting more support for the sport in the region, up to and including the possibility of hosting world tournaments.
“Most of the past tournaments would have been held in the ‘jans’ – the Azerbaijans and the Kazakhstans and all those different places,” he explains.
“We will be looking to see if we can get more of a piece of the pie down in the Caribbean. Also we want to see where we could get more support financially and equipment-wise.” “
Because the game is changing fast and furious and we need equipment, some countries need rings and different things like that. So we will be looking to see as much as possible what we can get out of Congress.”
The English-speaking Caribbean members of AIBA met recently in Barbados, and Christopher says one of the decisions taken at that conclave was that they would try to get a voice in the 40-member Americas Boxing Confederation, AMBC, which also includes North, Central and South America.
“We’ll be seeking to install one of our own, Mr Steve Ninvalle, president of the Guyana boxing association, getting him on AMBC,” said Christopher.
“In that way we will have more say for the Caribbean, for the English-speaking countries. At the last meeting in Barbados we all decided to put up Mr Ninvalle as one of our candidates and we will be moving together collectively to make sure we get him on that executive.”
The other regions governed by AIBA are Africa, Asia, Europe and Oecania, the latter two being the largest and smallest confederations, respectively.
The last AIBA Congress took place in Almaty, Kazakhstan in November 2010. C K Wu of Chinese Taipei was elected unopposed for a second term as President of the international federation. Christopher left for South Korea on Sunday.