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GBA postpones high-level meeting due to Hurricane Irma

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first_imgA meeting, organised by Steve Ninvalle, president of the Guyana Boxing Association (GBA), which would’ve brought together, the warring factions of the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) and regional boxing boards’ officials, was postponed, due to the devastating Hurricane Irma. The meeting, which was scheduled for the Racquet Centre yesterday, will now be held on October 14.In an email dispatched to the officials of AIBA and the rest of the Caribbean boxing heads, Ninvalle said “we continue to pray for our dear Colleagues, friends and people of the various Countries hit by hurricane Irma or those still in its path.  We have already seen the damage to St Maarten, Antigua and Barbuda and the other islands.  It is also my understanding from weather reports that the Caribbean will be hit by another Storm (Jose) this weekend.”“Caribbean Airlines has already cancelled more than twenty flights to Caribbean destinations and there will be more flight disruptions.It is my humble opinion at this time, that in light of the present circumstances, that our meeting in Guyana be postponed to a date to be fixed in October, when our Caribbean colleagues affected by these forces of nature would have been able to assess their situation and take care of the needs of love ones, family and friends” Ninvalle, who also sits as an Executive Committee Member of AIBA, stated “I find it only apposite that at this time the priority must be on the safety and health of every member of this beloved family.Our people of the Caribbean need our support now more than ever, even so, much more important than our boxing needs.  I do hope that as my colleagues, you are in agreement with me on this.One Goal, One Voice, One Caribbean” Dominica’s Erickson Lewis lauded the decision to postpone the meeting, adding “Dominica support this move and wish our Caribbean family God’s protection during this very difficult time. You are all in our prayers.” Similar sentiments were echoed by Grenada’s Ralph James and other regional boxing associations presidents as they all applaud the meeting being put on hold until all invited can  attend.… , Ninvalle is chartering a course that could very well determine the way forward for the sport of boxing following the recent events at AIBAAIBA’s embattled president Wu Ching-Kuo, who sits at the helm of the sport, since 2006, has found himself in a power-struggle with the majority of his executive committee members who have joined forces to establish a temporary administration.Wu, according to reports, have since called the move something similar to a ‘military coup’, with the group citing that the Taiwanese is placing AIBA in peril, given the fact that the sport is facing bankruptcy.It is alleged that AIBA is not in a position to repay debts totaling 15 million Swiss francs (13 million euros); something Wu has since denied and even confirmed through several media reports that AIBA’s finances are ‘healthy’.Led by Italian Franco Falcinelli and Pat Fiacco of Canada, several executive committee members have signed a document in attempt to force Wu to step down through the Swiss courts.However, the court ruled and rejected their request, claiming the aggrieved group will have to wait for a proper hearing this month.AIBA will host their Extraordinary Congress in Dubai in November and it is said that national federations will vote on whether to have Wu removed from the helm.After July’s Executive Committee meeting in Moscow, an Interim Management Committee (IMC) was put in place, headed by the Italian Falcinelli who seems to be running the affairs of AIBA but this has been refuted by Wu who has put in motion a legal challenge.It was reported that Wu claims he is being targeted because of his attempt to reform the AIBA and specifically singled out former executive director Ho Kim of South Korea for seeking “revenge” after his ousting over allegations of financial wrongdoing.Wu insists he is “the legitimate president” and said he had written to IOC chief Thomas Bach to explain the situation, pinning Ho as a main plotter.last_img read more