By: Mohamed L. Bah
The Sierra Leone Boxing Association Saturday 27 ends training of referees and judges at the Boxing GYM national Stadium, Freetown.
The training attracts 25 participants across the Country and is the first in nearly 30 years of the Association’s history.
However, the training is in line with promises made by the executive of the Boxing Association during their last year’s elective congress.
The five days course which started Monady 22 is considered very important for the Association in their moves trying to replace aging referees and Judges to meet local and International standards.
Alhiji Komba, Secretary General of the Association, who also doubles as Chairman of the occasion, expressed his profound gratitude to the participants, the ministry of sports, Instructors/facilitators, members of the media and the entire executive of the Association for efforts demonstrated in ensuring that training ends successful.
“This was a promise by our executive, to deliver, but with your support. Our existing referees and judges are aged now, there was a need for replacement, and here we have 25 able men and women whom have successfully completed a course that we can ever make use of in life,” He stated.
“As an executive, we’ll not stop here, we intend organizing a national boxing championship in Feburay this year, using newly certified referees and judges who will definitely have there first chance to demonstrate the skills acquired during that championship. We have been sending coaches abroad for International trainings and looking forward to conduct more training for them that will meet International standard,” Komba Concluded.
Participant, Mohamed Juma Kamara expressed his appreciation to the executive for organising the course thereby giving them the opportunity to become certified referees and judges in Sierra Leone.
He furthered that himself and colleagues are extremely delighted to be beneficiaries of the course.
He assured the executive that they will make good use of the certificates by doing things within the confines of the rules, ethics and conduct governing the Boxing globally.
In his remarks, the Director of Sports, Ibrahim Bangura, who was a facilitator and lectured on ’doping in sport’ said that the participants merited their certificates and commended them for their commitment and coorperation throughout the training.
Closing the ocassion, the Deputy Minister of Sports, Ishmeail Al Sankoh Conteh thanked SLBA executive for what he described as ‘a step in the right direction as a new executive’.
He applauded the Association for pririotising the training of referees and judges and putting it at the top of their agenda because, according to him, without competent and qualified referees and judges, the integrity of the game will be put into disrepute as a result of bad officiating.
He assured the Association of his Ministry’s continued support to the Boxing Association and encouraged other sporting disciplines to learn from Boxing.
He concluded by officially bringing the occasion to an end which was followed by awarding of certificates.