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Yalimaiwai Set Criteria

Amateur Boxing Fiji is clearing the air on what exactly it takes for amateur boxers to make the cut for the 2015 Pacific Games training squad. ABF official Marika Yalimaiwai
07 Nov 2014 14:19
Yalimaiwai  Set Criteria

Amateur Boxing Fiji is clearing the air on what exactly it takes for amateur boxers to make the cut for the 2015 Pacific Games training squad.

ABF official Marika Yalimaiwai stressed the set criteria was 10 consecutive fights.

“We just want everyone to know and understand that a boxer must fight 10 consecutive fights to make the Pacific Games training squad,” he said.

“So we won’t be taking people on who’ve had the odd match here or there. Ten fights in a row and they make the cut.

“While we’ve got a good number of former reps who have done well for us in the past few years with the odd match here and there, it’s not enough and they have to meet the criteria if they want to make the squad. It’s that simple. We’re selecting based on performance.

“Most of the boxers on the current list have been competing regularly since the revival of amateur boxing last August so they’ve been more prevalent on our radar and they’ve already had 10 or more consecutive matches.”

Yalimaiwai assured there was still ample time to join the squad and has invited all interested clubs to come forward, calling on female boxers to also come out in numbers.

“But the door is still open and we’re inviting all clubs that are interested should please come forward and bring their boxers so that they have a chance to make the squad too. We’re also strongly encouraging female boxers to come forward as there’s always room for more women.”

Yalimaiwai also called on the Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee to re-engage communications with the right amateur boxing officials.

“We are pleading with FASANOC to get in touch with the correct officials because it seems that they’ve been talking to the wrong people in the past so we’re asking them to please call Major Samisoni Kafoa in future for all things amateur boxing.

“He was tasked by the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama to revive the sport and he’s done just that and he knows everything there is to know about the sport so if FASANOC could contact him in future that would really help solve problems and lift our profile.”

Meanwhile, Saturday fight night makes a return tomorrow with weigh-in from 7am to 9am at the National Fitness Centre in Laucala Bay.

The venue opens at 6pm with the official start scheduled for 7pm.

Feedback:  eroni.tuinaceva@fijisun.com.fj

 

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