Guyana accepts offer to host next Caribbean Boxing Championship

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Guyana has accepted the offer to host the next Caribbean Boxing Championship, which would be held once participating territories are given the all-clear as it relates to COVID-19.

According to President of the Guyana Boxing Association and Vice-president of the Americas Boxing Confederation, Steve Ninvalle, they will be monitoring closely developments on the global pandemic before making announcing a definite timeframe.

In an invited comment, Ninvalle told News Room Sport there is no definitive timeline as it relates to the period during which the tournament would be held.

“We’ve accepted because we know of the fact of what it does for our boxers and our officials. We have the experience in organising such tournaments so that is another reason. COVID will tell exactly when we host that tournament and we would have to follow the guidelines set out by the Ministry of Health, and by extension, the government of Guyana,” Ninvalle related.

Guyana Boxing Association president, Steve Ninvalle

“Why I say it’s not definitive is because all of the borders are not open right now; Guyana’s borders are open, but in other Caribbean countries some borders are closed. So we have to wait until there is a level playing field right through the Caribbean before we can move ahead. If you ask me, my guess and it is a guess, is that it can be held in the latter quarter of 2021. However, we would have to see how that goes.”

Guyana last hosted the Caribbean Boxing Championship in December 2018 with boxers from Antigua, Barbados, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guyana, St. Marteen, St. Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago and the US Virgin Islands.

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