EARLIER this week, a boxing promoter issued a scathing statement against the Namibia Boxing and Wrestling Control Board.
Kinda Nangolo of Kinda Boxing Promotions issued a media statement this week, accusing the control board of having ‘eaten’ money which he deposited into their account and meant to pay boxers.
Those who follow professional boxing will know by now that any promoter who puts together a fight is obliged to deposit a certain amount of money into the control board’s account. That money is meant for sanctioning fees as well as paying all the boxers and maybe also service providers.
That is standard practice all over the world and it really serves to ensure that no one is shortchanged at the end of the fights. We heard of previous occasions where promoters did not pay the boxers because they could not raise the necessary capital. The 6% rule is therefore a very welcome rule, in my view.
However, the media release by Nangolo this week opened a can of worms. Nangolo accused the control board of having used the money he deposited into their account for something else. He went as far as to suggest that the money has been ‘eaten’ which is Namibian speak for corruptly used.
In effect, Nangolo has accuse Ellison Hijarunguru’s committee of having diverted the use of the money for self-gain rather than for the purposes it was originally intended. The money was intended to pay Anthony Jarman and other boxers who fought last Saturday.
The fights went well and there were no unsavoury incidents that anybody complained about. So, we expected the boxers and their coaches to revel in their glory. Unfortunately, we were confronted by this media release in which Nangolo spews venom against the boxing control board.
Ordinarily, I would not have said anything about this matter but the recurrence of problems in boxing has become a sickening concern. Hardly a week passes without there being an issue in boxing circles. If it is not boxing stables having a go at each other, it is old boxing commissioners throwing shade at the new ones, or vice versa.
It has not only become worrisome but also annoying for the same people to moan and groan about newly dug up problems. Every week presents a new problem to complain about.
I do not know whether the control board has justifiable reasons why they ‘ate’ Nangolo’s money but for such an impression to be created is already wrong. Boxers have built a good reputation for boxing in Namibia but it is the officials who do not seem to hold it together. They bicker and fight at every opportunity. I once suggested that all the parties involved in boxing, from promoters to chairpersons of stables to boxing commission officials should be locked in one room for one full day to iron out their differences, if there are any. Cold shouldering and shading each other in the media will not help. Nor will it help to pretend that there are no problems in boxing. There are many problems bubbling under and they need to be sorted out if we want to remain a producer of world champions.
Fights among officials should not affect boxers but sadly, it is always the boxers that come worse off. That should stop. If officials cannot get themselves to sit around the table and chart a mutually beneficial way forward then maybe it is time for the appointing authorities to replace them with people who have the interest of boxers, boxing and the country at heart. This childishness cannot go on forever. It needs to stop. Here and now.
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