BARBADOS BIDDING TO HOST WOMEN’S BOXING CHAMPIONSHIPS

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Minister of Sports, Dr. Esther Byer Suckoo (FP)

Within a few days, Minister of Sports, Dr. Esther Byer Suckoo, will officially present Barbados’ bid to host the 2010 Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) Women’s Championships.

Dr. Byer Suckoo will lead a five-member delegation to AIBA’s Executive Committee meeting in Milan, Italy, from February 16-18, where representatives of bidding countries are expected to be in attendance.

Those attending the meeting are President of the National Anti-Doping Commission, and representative of the Barbados Olympic Association, Dr. Adrian Lorde; Winston Carter of the Barbados Tourism Authority; Vice President of the Amateur Boxing Association of Barbados, Vincent Carter; and board member of the National Sports Council, Andrew Sealy.

Emphasising the importance of the championships, Dr. Byer Suckoo said: “Our country has proven its capability as a host to world-class sporting events and we view this opportunity as a vital one toward further testing and strengthening our capacity and enhancing our global reputation.”

The Sixth International Amateur Boxing Association Women’s Championships will be held from September 9 to 19, 2010, while the fifth one was held in 2008 in China and 42 countries participated. 

Women’s boxing was officially accepted under AIBA in 1994, and over 120 countries are involved in the sport, which now attracts a great number of women.

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