Women’s boxing championship on their mind: Minister of Sports, Stephen Lashley, in conversation with AIBA’s Olaf Veltman (right), while Yue Yuan (left) and Andrew Sealy (partly hidden) look on.??

Local boxing enthusiasts and sports fans are being encouraged to support the International Amateur Boxing Association’s (AIBA) Women’s Boxing Championships to ensure its success when it is staged here from September 6 to 19.

Minister of Sports, Stephen Lashley, made the appeal after meeting with representatives of AIBA last weekend at a breakfast meeting at Accra Beach Hotel.

Those present included AIBA’s Technical Delegate, Yue Yuan, who will be in charge of the event; Sports Director, Olaf Veltman; President of the Amateur Boxing Association of Barbados, Joyce Bowen; Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Sports, Beverly Weekes; and Competition Manager, Andrew Sealy.

Mr. Lashley stressed that plans were well under way for the championships, which will come off at the Wildey Gymnasium. He added that the AIBA team had expressed satisfaction with the country’s preparation for the games.

The matches will be staged in 10 weight categories, ranging from 45 kg to +81 kg, and 10 gold medals will be up for grabs. So far, 72 countries have registered to compete in the tournament, but the final registration will be on August 6. saustin@barbados.gov.bb

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