The Sierra Leone Boxing association has officially unveiled the newly refurbished boxing Gym at the Siaka Stevens Stadium in Freetown room.
Speaking to NewsWatch sports on Wednesday, 6th March 2019, the Secretary General of the Boxing Association, Alhaji Komba, said the executive and general membership were elated to see all present in what he described as a landmark event for the Association and sports in general in the country, adding that the association is grateful to the former Boxer, Bill Becket, who helped to make it possible.
“We have made huge progress in the development of sports especially boxing, we have potential youth talent in the system, and our dream is to promote the game,” he said.
The Keynote Speaker of the occasion, who also doubles as Deputy Chairman of Parliamentary Oversight on Sports, Honorable Sirajin Rollings-Kamara, said football is not the only sporting discipline in the country, and the Boxing Association has done a great job over the thirty (30) years of their existence as an association and expressed his happiness over the new Gym.
The President of the Sierra Leone Boxing Association, Mr. Eric Dura, applauded the total display of patriotism by his executive. He said he is happy that they are handing over a lasting legacy to the boxing family. He thanked Beckett and the African Elite Athletes for coming to their aid over the years and for providing the financial help which made the upgrade possible and the arrival of two international Cuban coaches to aid the athletes in training.
“We thank the Parliamentary Oversight Committee on Sports for the timely intervention in bringing sanity to the boxing family, we have started seeing the benefits” he said.
Director of sports, Dr. Kenneth Brima said that with this latest development and the presence of the two foreign coaches, our boxers are destined to do better.
“This move by the Sierra Leone Boxing Association is a true move in the right direction,” Dr. Brima hopefully stated.
National Olympic Committee (NOC) president, Dr. Patrick Coker, expressed his joy and happiness for a development he named as a win for Sierra Leone sports. He said the executive, coaches and athletes should grab the opportunity to not only be participants and compactors as Sierra Leone is used to being, but bring laurels home now as the platform has been created.
In another development, Football for Better Tomorrow Sierra Leone (FANT-SL) presented boxing equipment’s to the Sierra Leone Boxing Association as a way of complementing them for their good job.