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Businessman Helps Finance Programme

  The timely intervention of a prominent Nadi businessman has helped the work of the Western Amateur Boxing Association (WABA), in developing the sporting talents of their young people. WABA
28 Jul 2016 13:38
Businessman Helps  Finance Programme
Moves are underway to revive amateur boxing in the Western Division.

 

The timely intervention of a prominent Nadi businessman has helped the work of the Western Amateur Boxing Association (WABA), in developing the sporting talents of their young people.

WABA president, Faiyaz Ali said they are ever grateful to Kiran Palace and Hotel Martintar owner Ben Krishna for coming out to sponsor them in this time of need.

“This is good news not only for us but also for young people in the West,” he said yesterday.

“We had staged our first programme and were overwhelmed with the interests shown by young people here as they came in numbers to register and wanting to participate in the event. Since we had no financial backing it took us time to put together the second programme and now our prayers have been answered with Mr Ben Krishna coming in to sponsor this Saturday’s programme at Cuvu Top.”

Ali confirmed that 40 amateur boxers from around the Western division have been given the green light for Saturday’s programme. He also indicated that through Krishna’s help, certificates would be given to boxers that participate in the programme.

“That means there is going to be twenty fights altogether. However, this programme is strictly for amateur boxers who are residing in the Western division.”

Looking back, Ali says, the Western division has produced top amateur boxers who have now turned professional like Sakiasi Dakua, Vitori Natawake, Robin Chand, Abhay Chand, Richard Smith, Johnny Singh, Franco Frasier, Krishnil Mudaliar, Siliveni Nawai, Krishna Mudaliar, Mohammed Shameem, Sachin Mudaliar, Savenaca Naliva, Eroni Vaqewa and the list goes on.

“We are confident that through our regular programmes, we are able to produce more good boxers who are going to win us medals at international events as well. Helping develop our youths’ sporting talents assist them in many ways. Like staying out of trouble, securing a better future through permanent employment and becoming ideal citizens of our beloved country.”

Ali indicated that all this would not happen if it is not for business people like Krishna who despite their busy schedule are still committed to the betterment of our community.

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