-ap­points Nin­valle to new com­mit­tee

Stabroek News Sunday - - SUNDAY SPORT -

Steve Nin­valle, Pres­i­dent of the Guyana Box­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (GBA), has of­fi­cially been ap­pointed In­ter­na­tional Box­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (AIBA) Ex­ec­u­tive Bureau Mem­ber fol­low­ing a de­ci­sion by the pres­i­dent of AIBA Dr Ching Kuo Wu to dis­band the Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee.

The Ex­ec­u­tive Bureau which re­places the pre­vi­ous AIBA Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee, is made up of only four in­di­vid­u­als and will have the task of chart­ing the course and vi­sion for the sport glob­ally.

The sport had been plunged into con­tro­versy fol­low­ing a no con­fi­dence mo­tion against Wu by the AIBA Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee which then set up an In­terim Man­age­ment Com­mit­tee.

Nin­valle had or­gan­ised a meet­ing for the Caribbean box­ing ad­min­is­tra­tors to dis­cuss the sit­u­a­tion. How­ever the meet­ing did not come off.

“As you are aware, the in­sti­tu­tional and op­er­a­tional ac­tiv­i­ties of AIBA have been jeop­ar­dized by the re­cent, con­tested, de­ci­sions by the Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee to form the still­born In­terim Man­age­ment Com­mit­tee (IMC), and de­ci­sions of the lat­ter to claim for it­self all du­ties and pow­ers vested in the AIBA Pres­i­dent and Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor by the AIBA Statutes,” Wu wrote.

“These de­ci­sions were taken in com­plete con­tra­dic­tion with the AIBA Statutes that the Swiss Court

re­jected on Septem­ber 22nd 2017. As per the pro­vi­sions of ar­ti­cle 40.3 of AIBA Statutes, the EC Bureau shall func­tion in place of the Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee for all mat­ters re­quir­ing set­tle­ment be­tween two meet­ings of the Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee.

“In view of the above, I have de­cided to ap­point you as EC Bureau mem­ber with im­me­di­ate ef­fect, in ac­cor­dance with Ar­ti­cle 39.2 (E) of the AIBA Statutes.”

The cor­re­spon­dence con­cluded, “I trust that your ded­i­ca­tion to AIBA and the sports of box­ing in gen­eral, as well as your per­sonal and pro­fes­sional qual­i­ties, will be a great as­set to this im­por­tant AIBA or­gan and I am look­ing for­ward to work­ing with you.”

Nin­valle dur­ing an in­vited com­ment said, “I am humbled, hon­oured and sur­prised at the ap­point­ment. I am sur­prised that out of 202 coun­tries af­fil­i­ated to AIBA, Guyana could have been cho­sen for such an im­por­tant or­gan. I am hon­oured that AIBA has the con­fi­dence in my abil­ity to ad­min­is­trate at such a high level.”

He added, “It is my hum­ble be­lief that the Caribbean is go­ing through a re­nais­sance in the sport of box­ing. This ap­point­ment is just a small part of the larger pic­ture. It’s an achieve­ment for Guyana and the Caribbean.”

Fol­low­ing the an­nounce­ment of Nin­valle’s ap­point­ment, sev­eral lead­ers, past and present from the Caribbean box­ing fam­ily praised the de­ci­sion of the AIBA lead­er­ship.

For­mer head of the Caribbean Am­a­teur Box­ing As­so­ci­a­tion and Gre­nada Box­ing As­so­ci­a­tion Ralph James said that “Nin­valle has shown sound judge­ment through­out his pres­i­dency and in par­tic­u­lar over the last two and a half years since his elec­tion to the ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee of the the In­ter­na­tional Box­ing As­so­ci­a­tion AIBA. He is in­deed an in­tel­li­gent man and with re­sources at his dis­posal, box­ing can reach new heights.”

Ac­cord­ing to Fraser, “All of Guyana ought to be ex­tremely proud of this man as we are in the Re­gion. This ap­point­ment means that he will be part of the de­ci­sion mak­ing team that will im­pact Olympic Style Box­ing glob­ally. We ought to give him all the sup­port he needs.”

“What’s most in­ter­est­ing is that 2018 has been de­clared the year of The Caribbean by the AIBA, and a Caribbean man will be steer­ing the ship. This is also a very coura­geous and pro­gres­sive move by Pres­i­dent of AIBA Dr C. K. Wu who must be con­grat­u­lated as well, he’s a man of vi­sion. Well done Steve, we are ex­tremely proud of this tremen­dous achieve­ment,” he con­cluded.

Sim­i­larly, Ce­cil Forde, Pres­i­dent of the Trinidad and Tobago Box­ing As­so­ci­a­tion said, “The As­so­ci­a­tion pledges our full sup­port to Mr. Nin­valle; who in his short pe­riod in the sport of box­ing has shown great lead­er­ship qual­i­ties and; has rep­re­sented the Caribbean well through hard work and de­ter­mi­na­tion. We look for­ward to work­ing along­side Mr. Nin­valle as we fore­see the suc­cess­ful fu­ture growth of box­ing within the Caribbean and wishes Mr. Nin­valle all the best in his fu­ture goals and en­deav­ours.”

Stephen Jones, Pres­i­dent of the Ja­maica Box­ing As­so­ci­a­tion said, “It’s a won­der­ful time to be a part of the box­ing fra­ter­nity in the Caribbean. There is a lot hap­pen­ing in our re­gion where the sport is con­cerned and I would be hard pressed to be­lieve that it is by ac­ci­dent and not de­sign. The com­mu­ni­ca­tion chan­nels be­tween our fed­er­a­tions are more ac­tive than ever be­fore and this be­ing led by our elected mem­ber in charge, Guyana Am­a­teur Box­ing Pres­i­dent, Mr. Steve Nin­valle.”

Jones de­clared, “Although there are 202 mem­ber fed­er­a­tions world­wide, the box­ing com­mu­nity is a small one and a rip­ple in any pond can go a long way, so it’s ex­tremely en­cour­ag­ing to see that the waves that we have been mak­ing in our re­gion have not gone un­no­ticed by the top brass of the sports’ gov­ern­ing body, AIBA.”

He said, “Still beam­ing from Mr. Nin­valle’s elec­tion to the ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee of AIBA three years ago, be­ing the first Caribbean rep­re­sen­ta­tive to do so, mind you, we are now on the verge of even higher heights now with his ap­point­ment to the Ex­ec­u­tive bureau. Make no bones about it, an el­e­va­tion of any kind for one of us in the re­gion is an el­e­va­tion for all and I for one am over the moon not only be­cause we have a trusted mem­ber in one of the high­est seats, but we have the right mem­ber. Steve un­der­stands not just the needs for our re­gion but the needs for the sport on a whole and this augers well for ev­ery­body...Ku­dos to Mr. Steve Nin­valle, Ku­dos to Guyana box­ing, Ku­dos to the Caribbean fam­ily and ku­dos to a hand well played by AIBA.”

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