Newly elected president of the Ghana Amateur Boxing Federation (GABF), Gideon Quartey, says his administration will work with any individual or organisation ready to partner them as they seek to lay the needed structure for amateur boxing to thrive.
According to him, “what the sport needs now is a structure to follow in order not to repeat some of the mistakes of the past.”
Speaking in an interview with the Times Sports over the weekend, Mr Quartey said his executives would invite a number of the sports enthusiasts to serve in different capacities to move amateur boxing forward.
“As we can all see, the work at stake is enormous; for which reason we will need quite a number of people that can all not be picked through election. But we have identified these people and we will seek their support.
Key among such persons would be Eugene Nyarko, the losing candidate for the presidential position at the association’s election and Dr. Ken Aryeetey who also lost in his bid to serve in an executive position on the GABF.
The former Africa Golden Gloves Warriors (AGGW) founder said in less than a month, the executive will inaugurate a number of sub-committees to hit the ground running.
Among the committees expected to be inaugurated includes Technical, Welfare, Media, Sponsorship/Marketing, Medical and Women boxing.
Outlining some of the association’s immediate plans, Mr. Quartey revealed plans to get coaches, referees and judges onto the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) training programmes to update their knowledge.
Also, the GABF plans to get a number of Ghanaian boxers enrolled on the various AIBA semi professional boxing series.
According to Mr Quartey, getting boxers on the AIBA league would be one of the surest ways of halting the rush by amateur boxers to turn professional boxers ‘because when they fight on that platform, they get something quite substantial to help them stay and concentrate on the future of their career.
By Andrew Nortey