By John Tuerijama
NAMIBIA’S only female boxing promoter, Anita Tjombe has called for a new boxing law that will make way for women to enter the ring as pugilists.
The current Boxing and Wrestling Control Act of 1980 prevents female boxers from participating in professional boxing.
Tjombe said as a result of the provisions of the old law, the female boxers in her stable, the Iron Lady Promotions, have been idle and frustrated by lack of action.
The new Boxing and Wrestling Control Board, under the chairmanship of Ellison Hijarunguru, has made the repeal of the apartheid era law their main priority but there has still been no movement in that regard.
This has not pleased Tjombe any single bit. She lamented the slow pace with which the boxing board has approached the matter, saying it has deprived female boxers of a livelihood and action in the ring.
Meanwhile, Tjombe has again lambasted the boxing control board for causing her financial damage. She alleged that the control board failed to sanction her fights at the last minute, thus losing her a lot of money.
Tjombe was one of three boxing promoters whose fights were not sanctioned. The trio thus launched a campaign for the head of Hijarunguru who retorted he was only accountable to the Minister of Sport who appointed him, and not to Tjombe and her fellow promoters. He however expressed the hope to work together with all promoters for the best interest of boxing in the country.
However, Tjombe is adamant that the boxing control board’s decision has caused the withdrawal of her sponsors. “Yes, the decision taken by the control board has affected my business 100 percent and it has also affected the trust between myself and the boxers under the Iron Lady Promotions,” she fumed.
“These boxers trained so hard for their fights, only to be informed of the ill taken decision by the board which resulted in no fights last year,” she said.
Tjombe has also disclosed that she is in talks with new sponsors and will only go public with their names if the deal is signed and sealed.
“I don’t want to reveal anything at this stage, nor do I want to make any major announcement to the public. All I want right now is to secure the sponsorship for my boxers,” she emphasised.
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