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Boxing Fiji Looking For Sponsors: Baravilala

Long-term partnership to build-up for 2020 Olympics Boxing Fiji (BF) aims to secure a long-term sponsor in 2017. BF president Manasa Baravilala said they hope to secure a sponsor as
19 Dec 2016 11:00
Boxing Fiji Looking For Sponsors: Baravilala
Our 2015 national amateur boxing team with officials in Suva.

Long-term partnership to build-up for 2020 Olympics

Boxing Fiji (BF) aims to secure a long-term sponsor in 2017.

BF president Manasa Baravilala said they hope to secure a sponsor as they build-up for the 2020 Olympic Games in Japan and the need for regular local competition.

“First on the list is to secure a long term sponsor that we can partner with to the next Olympics and because of the tenure, the sponsor can accrue the long term commercial benefits of our partnership,” Baravilala said.

“We wish to have regular international competitions, bringing to Fiji various national boxing teams, however, since we have fought PNG, Nauru , Tonga, Samoa and Tahiti we need to cast our nets further.

“Regular camps for our elite boxers would be great if we had the funding. Provision of boxing equipment, gloves, pads, ropes, headgear (sparring, women and juniors) punching bags would be awesome,” Baravilala said.

BF plans to have more trainings and qualified coaches to help with sports development.

“An area that we need to work extremely hard in 2017 is training and accreditation. We now have 18 boxers, local coaches with International and national (local) accreditation and it’s time to move onto the referees and judges.

“Fiji needs to have qualified coaches, referees and judges to develop the sport to the next level. The major competitions for 2017 are the Oceania Championship in Auckland in March, World Boxing Championship in August and Pacific Mini Games in Vanuatu in December.”

Baravilala also spoke about some of the challenges they went through this year.

“Attracting women and youth boxers have been a major challenge and high on our list.

“The lack of equipment and boxing rings throughout Fiji is a major impediment to development.

“Without a ring boxers can’t ply their trade and new boxers can’t showcase their talents.

“The provision of a ring to CABA is a major boost for boxing in the central and eastern divisions but we have 500 amateur boxers in the West. The access to funding is another major problem but this is not unique to boxing. Lastly finding fights for our elite boxers as they need to be active to remain competitive.”

Baravilala added that they acknowledged the great assistance from the Fiji National Sports Commission chairman Peter Mazey.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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