Ghana to lose olympic amateur boxing chance?

Boxing News of Thursday, 11 April 2013 Source: Daily Graphic The World Boxing Council (WBC), widely regarded as the premier professional boxing sanctioning body in the world, has opposed moves by the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) to organise professional boxing under a new name, WSB.The move has threatened the participation of third world countries, including Ghana, in Olympic boxing.According to AIBA/WSB, only boxers registered in their tournament would be eligible to compete at the Olympic Games, meaning boxers affiliated to any other organisation would be excluded.Under the proposed programme, AIBA/WSB has excluded third world countries from its proposed tournament sites, while it has now withdrawn amateur from its new name.But WBC president, José Sulaimán, has insisted that all boxers worldwide eligible under current Olympic Games requirements, regardless of their country of origin or the organisation with which they are affiliated, should have the same opportunity to compete at the Olympic Games, labelling the action by AIBA/WSB as constituting an attempt to establish a monopoly and a restraint of trade.AIBA/WSB’s elitist attitude is in disregard of the rights of the worlds boxers is further confirmed by their exclusion of third-world countries among their proposed tournament sites. …

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