According to Mr. Peter Zwennes, President of the GBA, the exercise will kick-start from the Western region where an 11-member development and promotional committee has been named awaiting inauguration to start work.
This, according to Mr. Zwennes, falls in line with the GBA’s pursuit to make effort and develop strategic policies to revive the sport which seems to be growing at a snail pace at the regions.
Members named on the new committee include Eric Kwesi Essel – Chairman; J. Quainoo – Vice Chairman; Victor Thompson – Secretary; Evans Gyamfi – Assistant Secretary and Kweku Sagoe – Treasurer.
The rest are Hans Mensah Andoh and Nana Kumi – Members; Joseph Oti Mensah – Communication Director and representatives from the Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) and the Regional Sports Authority.
Per a letter signed by the GBA boss to members, he lamented the state of boxing at the regional level and called on the members to put their skills and resources together to help rescue the sport that once put Ghana at a higher pedestal.
He said it was sad that boxing only seem to be doing well in the Greater Accra region, adding that, “perhaps if the other regions are equally producing quality boxers, Ghana would not have suffered it current ignominy of failing to produce world champions close to a decade.”
“We (Ghana) used to boast of many world champions. The likes of DK Poison, Azumah Nelson, Ike Quartey, Nana Yaw Konadu, Alfred Kotey, Joshua Clottey, Joseph Agbeko etc. ruled as world champions to earned Ghana respect among sporting nations. We also had other boxers win titles at the Commonwealth and continental levels but what we have now is quite unfortunate.”
“This is the more reason why we need to sit up and find ways of going up again. I believe this outreach programme will bring out the best from the Western corridor and churn out boxers that will slug for honours against the Greater Accra region.
Mr. Zwennes said the GBA was responsible for setting up a well coordinated structure on which professional boxing can thrive.
“It is in this light that the GBA appointed you to serve on its Western Regional Boxing Promotional Committee (WRBPC) in order to use your rich experience and expertise to fulfill the vision and objectives of the GBA,” Mr. Zwennes said.
The WRBPC is expected to collaborate with regional stakeholders such as the RCC, Metropolitan and District Assemblies, Regional Sports Authority (RSA), Regional Sports Federation and the Regional Amateur Boxing Federation to undertake its programmes to unearth and nurture talents.
By Andrew Nortey