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Boxing Board reps oversteps boundry

Ce­cil Forde, pres­i­dent of the T&T Box­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (TT­BA) has de­clared war on the T&T Box­ing Board of Con­trol (TTB­BC), be­ing led by At­tor­ney Bar­ry Ish­mael, af­ter a Youth Train­ing Cen­tre (YTC) card which was sanc­tioned by the TT­BA, was stopped by TTB­BC rep­re­sen­ta­tives on Sat­ur­day who de­clared the ring un­suit­able for com­pe­ti­tion. Yes­ter­day Forde, […]

Ce­cil Forde, pres­i­dent of the T&T Box­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (TT­BA) has de­clared war on the T&T Box­ing Board of Con­trol (TTB­BC), be­ing led by At­tor­ney Bar­ry Ish­mael, af­ter a Youth Train­ing Cen­tre (YTC) card which was sanc­tioned by the TT­BA, was stopped by TTB­BC rep­re­sen­ta­tives on Sat­ur­day who de­clared the ring un­suit­able for com­pe­ti­tion.

Yes­ter­day Forde, equipped with a doc­u­ment that clear­ly out­lined the func­tions of TTB­BC’s rep­re­sen­ta­tives Su­san Good­ing and Shar­ma Stroude, showed that both are lim­it­ed to act as ob­servers at box­ing events specif­i­cal­ly. Apart from that, the Board’s rep­re­sen­ta­tives are to col­lect the pre-re­quire­ments of the Board, in or­der for the nec­es­sary per­mits to be is­sued in a time­ly man­ner.

Sat­ur­day’s box­ing card re­ceived con­di­tion­al ap­proval from the Board on De­cem­ber 27, 2018, but fi­nal ap­proval de­pend­ed on the sub­mis­sion of med­ical cer­tifi­cates on the box­ers from the Med­ical Prac­ti­tion­er reg­is­tered by the Medal Board of T&T, show­ing they are med­ical­ly fit and cleared to fight.

The am­a­teur box­ing boss ex­plained that the readi­ness of the ring is de­ter­mined by a ring­mas­ter which the box­ing board was ob­lig­at­ed to pro­vide on the day, but did not.

He main­tained the ring, which has been used by his as­so­ci­a­tion for many years, was in a good con­di­tion to be used for Sat­ur­day’s card.

“They are bla­tant­ly vic­tim­is­ing the TT­BA and its events, at a time when the prepa­ra­tion is ur­gent­ly need­ed ahead of the Pan Amer­i­can Qual­i­fiers and the Pan Am Games. We al­ready have a team in train­ing and these events are geared to­ward pro­vid­ing much-need­ed prac­tice,” Forde said.

He is call­ing for the YTC to be prop­er­ly re­im­bursed for monies put out for the card. Guardian Me­dia Sports learnt that well over $15,000 was spent by the YTC to cov­er the cost of trans­porta­tion, food and drink, the cost to con­struct the ring and pay­ment of of­fi­cials, among oth­er things.

“I am call­ing on the pres­i­dent of the box­ing board to ex­plain why its rep­re­sen­ta­tives ex­ceed­ed their func­tions and stopped a card de­signed to pre­pare the coun­try’s box­ers for in­ter­na­tion­al com­pe­ti­tion,” Forde asked.

A team of box­ers, be­ing led by Olympian Nigel Paul, sprang in­to train­ing ahead of the Pan Am Qual­i­fiers in April, the Pan Am Games in Ju­ly in Li­ma Pe­ru, the Caribbean School­boys Cham­pi­onship in Guyana in Au­gust, and the Olympic Qual­i­fiers to be held in Rus­sia in Au­gust/Sep­tem­ber.

Forde is set to stage an­oth­er box­ing event at the Cos­mic Box­ing Gym in Mara­bel­la at the end of the month and in­tends to use the same box­ing ring.

At­tempts to reach Ish­mael yes­ter­day proved fu­tile as calls to his cell­phone went unan­swered.


Source: Guardian Newspaper

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