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FASANOC Awaits Amendment Of Decree

The chances of our amateur boxers participating at the 2015 Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea look slim, says the head of FASANOC. FASANOC president Reg Sanday said boxing stakeholders
24 Dec 2014 11:26
FASANOC Awaits Amendment Of Decree

The chances of our amateur boxers participating at the 2015 Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea look slim, says the head of FASANOC.

FASANOC president Reg Sanday said boxing stakeholders like Boxing Commission of Fiji (BCF), National Sports Commission, FASANOC and boxing bodies must act quickly to find a solution.

“The bodies are just waiting for Government to amend the Boxing Decree of 2008 in order to remove amateur boxing from the control of the Boxing Commission of Fiji, so that amateur boxers can compete overseas,” he said.

Sanday said the International Boxing Association (AIBA), that governed the amateur boxing worldwide, only recognised the Fiji Boxing Association headed by Wailena Vugakoto. The FBA was dissolved by BCF in July, 2012.

“As we await the amendment of the decree, the chances of our boxers taking part at next year’s Pacific Games appear more and more remote,” Sanday said.

“AIBA wants to see amateur boxing removed from the boxing decree so that the sport is self governing and self regulating in keeping with the internationally accepted principle of the autonomy of sport.”

Sanday said amateur boxing had missed a number of deadlines set by FASANOC for those wanting to take part at next year’s Pacific Games.

This, he said, included the payment of team levies, submission of preparation plans and the naming of team officials.

“The next deadline is on January 4 and FASANOC could be fined $US2000 if any of the nominated sports, including amateur boxing, is withdrawn from the Games for any reason.

“We just have to be positive in all this and hope that everybody plays their part. We have done our part. It’s now up to Government’s legal drafters to develop the necessary amendments to bring about the changes to the decree so that we can all move forward,” he said.

Sanday said the United Nations through a consensus vote by all nations, recently endorsed the principle of the autonomy of sport and acknowledged the leadership of the International Olympic Committee in governance of the Olympic Movement.

Fiji endorsed the principle in 2011 at a meeting of Sports Ministers held in Noumea attended by the then Sports Minister, Filipe Bole and reaffirmed last year at a second meeting of Sports Ministers in Wallis and Futuna, attended by former Minister for Youth and Sport, Viliame Naupoto.

“Earlier this year boxing stakeholders agreed to a constitution to establish a new boxing body and elect a new set of officials to run amateur boxing in Fiji.

AIBA made some comments to the draft that has been included and a proposal is now with government, we are just waiting on the amendment of the decree.”

“Earlier this year the FASANOC Board put money where its mouth is and ear marked $50,000 from its 2014 Olympic Solidarity allocation to develop a national structure for amateur boxing that would have qualified officials to AIBA standards.”

 

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