Chiringa Platoon won the 2016 Inter-Platoon novices boxing competition held at the Addico Square of the Ghana Military Academy on Friday.
The three-day event saw Chiringa score 25 points to win the ultimate trophy while Burma Platoon recorded 23 points to come to second position with Abyssinia coming third with 20 points.
Chiringa made their intention clear from the start when they won almost all their bouts (both male and female) before heading to the grand finale where they received tough competition from the other two platoons but managed to maintain their dominance till the end.
The event was for Standard Military Course Intake 57 and had about 61 cadets competing with 30 bouts in several weight categories over the three days.
Speaking at the closing ceremony, Guest of Honour, Brig Gen Kwame Oppong-Kyekyeku (RTD) congratulated all the participants for the effort, adding that, the event forms part of their training process.
The boxing event, he said, has always been an important part of the training course and once cadets have decided to take up arms in the defense of the nation, they must be prepared physically, mentally and spiritually to engage in combat with the enemy one day.
“There is a sense of achievement and self-confidence gained after the bouts as there are actually no losers in novice boxing competitions but the only chance at losing is when a competitor fails to live up to the spirit of healthy competition”, he stressed.
However, he said, the competition was in no way aimed at equipping the cadets with skills to visit brutality on innocent civilians in future but should be used to protect the nation.
There were other awards which included the best female boxer which went to N/CDT Arthur Agnes of Burma Platoon; the gallant loser went to N/CDT Azadah Maxwell from Chiringa Platoon while the best boxer went to O/CDT Adjei Ofosuhene Reginald.
Chief Training Officer, Lieutenant Col. Richard Mensah also expressed appreciation to all the participants and guests for ensuring a successful competition.
By Michael D. Abayateye