Sunshine, Boxing Board on collision course

27 Feb 2019 14:50pm
WINDHOEK, 27 FEB (NAMPA) – The Nestor Sunshine Boxing and Fitness Academy and the Namibian Professional Boxing and Wrestling Control Board are on a collision course regarding the hosting of a boxing tournament in Windhoek on Saturday.
At a media conference here on Wednesday, the academy said its proposed ‘Back to the Roots boxing bonanza’ will go ahead as scheduled, contrary to previous media reports that all boxing tournaments under the board are suspended until April 2019.
“We had a meeting with the board and we presented our case to them. They have given us the go-ahead to host our tournament as planned and we are going ahead with preparations,” Nestor Tobias of the academy said.
The board announced the ban to all promoters and stables in a letter dated 21 February 2019 and signed by Ellison Hijarunguru, which was copied to the minister, deputy minister and permanent secretary in the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service.
The letter indicated that the line ministry had no funds for the board to run its affairs for the remainder of the financial year.
Acting Board Chairperson Philip Mwandingi told Nampa via a telephonic interview the stance indicated in the letter still stands until Government avails the funds.
“As we speak right now I am the acting chairperson. I can confirm to you that the stance of the board has not changed, if it changes people will be notified in writing. The ministry says they are working hard trying to see if they can avail funds. If that is sorted out, then there is no issue on our side,” he explained.
However his sentiments were disputed by his board colleague Ronald Kurtz, who said there was no reason to stop tournaments in Windhoek because the function requirements were not affected.
“The main issue was the payment of the referees, which seems to have been sorted out. The chairperson of the referees indicated to me that the issue of payment has been sorted out. We will assess each tournament proposal according to its merit,” Kurtz said.
The ‘Back to the Roots boxing bonanza’ is set to feature 10 bouts, with Charles Shinima battling for the vacant Junior Middleweight national title with Mendu Kaangudue.