A section of amateur boxing lovers have expressed disquiet over the credibility of the electoral register for the impending national elective congress of the Ghana Amateur Boxing Federation (GABF) barely a week to go.
Information gathered by the Times Sports indicates that there are two registers in circulation for the congress billed for Monday, May 11, a development which is feared may plunge the exercise into disarray.
The first register with 48 identified designations, each represented by two voters has been replaced by a new one with a bigger number of designation and increased number of voters.
According to the concerned group that may create problems and room for people to question the process.
According to them, “the sudden bloating of the register has come as a big surprise to some of us. Only 48 groups were identified in the first one, but from nowhere this new register with a bigger number of groupings have popped up. It gives us course to believe there is something fishy going on.”
But a member of the three-man vetting committee overseeing the organization of the process, Coach Ofori Asare, allayed the fears of the concerned group, insisting there is only one register for the election.
Coach Ofori Asare who doubles as the head coach of Ghana’s amateur boxing team, the Black Bombers, told the Times Sports yesterday, that there was an initial register which was prepared for the previous exercise called off as a result of a directive from the International Boxing Association (AIBA) over worries about some of the candidates.
“That register is no longer in use. Everything associated with the first exercise has been cancelled due to the AIBA directive. AIBA gave the power to the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC) president, Prof. Francis Dodoo, to organize the election and everything was done afresh.”
Commenting further, Coach Asare said a new register was compiled and explained the disparity in terms of numbers to the fact that everybody associated with the sport was given the chance to register with the federation.
“The first register captured only players in the Greater Accra region. Boxing is a national sport and it is important that gyms and other boxing bodies outside the capital are captured and allowed to play a role in deciding who leads our federation.
The Black Bombers coach said every boxing gym or club in the country had been captured in the new list and urged concerned candidates or electorate to embrace the move to bring all on board.
He said the new register has been sent to the GOC which had since forwarded it to AIBA.
Meanwhile, two of the three candidates disqualified by AIBA from contesting in the election, have been cleared.
Gideon Quartey, Eugene Appiah and Kotey Neequaye who were all contesting for different positions in the federation were disqualified by virtue of their association with the professional wing of the sport.
Quartey was the President of the Africa Golden Gloves Warriors (AGGW), a body cited to be promoting professional boxing alongside amateur while Appiah and Neequaye were declared ineligible on similar lines
But following successful appeals, Quartey, who subsequently resigned as AGGW President and Appiah were cleared, leaving Neequaye as the only candidate whose disqualification is pending.
By Andrew Nortey