Sierra Leone Boxing Gym Uplifted

 

By Morlai Kargbo

The Sierra Leone Boxing Association (SLBA) has on Wednesday, 6th March, 2019 officially unveiled the newly refurbished boxing Gym at its Siaka Stevens Stadium office in Freetown.

Welcoming invited guests, General Secretary of the Association, Alhaji Komba, said, the association’s executive and general membership are elated to see all present in what he described as a milestone event for the association and sports in general in the country. He further said that, the association is indebted to Sierra Leonean American citizen Bill Becket, who he emphasized as the protagonist towards Wednesday’s event.

Chairman of the occasion, Deputy Chairman of the Parliamentary Oversight Committee on Sports, Honourable Sirajin Rollings-Kamara, in his opening address said, football is not just sports as he further expressed his impression on the association for achieving a feat standing for over thirty (30) years.

Mr. Rollings-Kamara thanked all those involved in engineering this alarmed development while he continued calling on the coexistence of harmony in the boxing family.

In his speech, president of the Sierra Leone Boxing Association, Eric Dura Sesay, started by applauding the entire boxing family for the total display of patriotism. He said his executive is handing over a lasting legacy to the boxing family.

He thanked Bill Beckett for coming to the aid of the association by providing the financial help which brought about the huge growth of the boxing gym and also, the provision of two international Cuban coaches to help develop the athletes for forthcoming local and international competitions.

“The association is aware of the fact that the president of the Republic of Sierra Leone HE Julius Maada Bio takes sports to high esteem, and as an association, it’s our duty to support this great passion for sports by the country’s first gentleman”, he intimated.

“We thank the Parliamentary Oversight Committee on Sports for the timely effort in bringing sanity to the boxing family, a move the Association is now enjoying, “he furthered.

Director of Sports, Dr. Kenneth Brima, expressed appreciation and called for an absolute peace to be around what he highlighted as a huge development not only for boxing, but for sport as a whole in the country.

He said it’s of special interest to boxing which is why he made himself available to grace the occasion; a gathering he wished will change the narratives of boxing in the country.

“I believe with this latest development and the presence of the two foreign coaches, our boys would be destined to do better”, he optimistically stated.

This move by the Sierra Leone Boxing Association he said is a true move in the right direction.

National Olympic Committee of Sierra Leone (NOC) president, Dr Patrick Coker emphatically expressed his joy and happiness towards a development he described as a win to Sierra Leone sports.

He admonished the executive, coaches and athletes to grab the opportunity to not only be mere participants in international competitions as it used to be, but to rather utilize it to bring laurels back home now that the platform has been created.

He said, the NOC as the supervisory body for all sporting associations in the country, has an open hand for all, whenever called upon.

In another development, Football for a better tomorrow Sierra Leone (FANT-SL) presented boxing equipment’s to Sierra Leone Boxing Association as a means of complementing the efforts for what they referred to as a good job.