Guyanese participate in massive Virtual Seminar for boxing coaches


A total of 176 boxing coaches, 10 of whom were Guyanese, last weekend participated in a huge Virtual Seminar, geared to update regional officials on rules and regulations that govern refereeing and judging.

The event was organised by Americas Boxing Confederation Vice-president and chairman of the Caribbean Steering Committee for Boxing, Steve Ninvalle, and was conducted by Ray Silvas, chairman of the AIBA Referee/Judges Commission.

Ninvalle, who is also President of the Guyana Boxing Association, spoke to News Room about the seminar and its significance to the development of the sport in these quarters.

He said the boxing fraternity “would not let our guards down during this COVID-19 season”, adding that they will continue to pursue the best possible methods of keeping boxers and officials updated.

“The last Seminar that we would have had was for Coaches and this is to allow them to understand better the rules that govern refereeing and judging. What they would have learnt there, they would of course pass it on to the boxers which would make for better products, in the sense that our boxers know exactly how better to fight,” Ninvalle explained.

“I think it’s quite important and we will continue in this vein. Of course we had the largest ever gathering of officials at any seminar in boxing. I will continue to see how much we can organise and very soon our local coaches will be benefitting from a Virtual seminar to be held by Guyana’s first AIBA certified International Technical Officer Elton Chase.”

The Caribbean region was represented by coaches from Anguilla, Antigua, The Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Curacao, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St Lucia, St Maarten, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and US Virgin Islands.

Sunday’s Virtual seminar was one of three held in the last two months.

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