Boxing

No Spectators, Promoter Calls Off Programme

“Promoting boxing involves a lot money being invested. So, I’ve to be fair to my sponsors and give them proper mileage. For that I cannot stage the promotion at an empty venue.”
13 Jan 2022 15:53
No Spectators, Promoter Calls Off Programme
From left: South Pacific Boxing Promotions promoter Fredy Chand and director Mohammed Shameem. Photo: SPBP

The South Pacific Boxing Promotions has postponed their January 29 programme at Prince Charles Park in Nadi on Tuesday night.

Promoter Fredy Chand told SUNsports yesterday that they cannot stage their programme without any spectators.

“We’ve to adhere to the directives of the Fiji National Sports Commission and the Boxing Commission of Fiji,” Chand said.

“I’ve lost about $20,000 as we were to stage the promotion last month and then we were forced to move it to January.”

Chand indicated that he could not stage the promotion on an empty venue.

“Promoting boxing involves a lot money being invested. So, I’ve to be fair to my sponsors and give them proper mileage. For that I cannot stage the promotion at an empty venue.”

He also said it was unfortunate that the COVID-19 pandemic has got two boxers, Malakai Marama and Frederick Chand have tested positive and are now in quarantine.

“Another boxer is also waiting for his test result and it is likely that he is going to test positive,” Chand said.

He confirmed that the SPBP directors have discussed the situation and have decided not to hold any promotion until the pandemic is over.

BCF chairman Subhash Appanna said they are keeping a close eye on developments in the COVID infection rates as well as trends that have surfaced more recently.

He said they have noted the following:

  • National infection rates continue to escalate
  • Nadi, the venue of the proposed programme, is the main gateway for tourism
  • A boxing programme operates as a social gathering place involving large numbers of people
  • A boxing programme could potentially lead to an explosion in infections
  • Some boxers have tested positive and are already in quarantine.

“In addition boxers from the West have been affected by the widespread flooding emanating from TD03F.

“Their training has been disrupted and the effects are likely to persist,” Appanna said.

 

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