Patrick Johnson the Secretary-General of the GBA has disclosed that juvenile boxers are included in the distribution of relief items to aid boxers and their families during the Covid-19 pandemic.
“This presentation is not going to the professional boxers but the juvenile boxers as well, that is why we presented the items in two sections. The first was with a representative from the juvenile boxing department and then the latter was that of the professionals as well” he said at the presentation on Thursday at the premise of the GBA inside the Bukom Boxing Arena at the Trust Sports Emporium in Accra.
“We are grateful to Ghana Gas, Streetwise Foundation and MC-Bbphylls Protocol Consult for their support when we approached them to support our gyms. They have been so instrumental to what you have witnessed here but for them, this occasion would not have happened,” said Patrick Johnson the tireless Secretary-General of the GBA.
Mr Charles Quartey, founder of the Charles Quartey Foundation and Gym received the items on behalf of juvenile boxing, while Mr Rashid Williams aka ‘Believer’ collected for the professional boxing gyms.
The presentation was made after important stakeholders meeting to determine the future of Ghana boxing and the new norm with regards to boxing events in this period of the COVID-19 pandemic by the GBA President,
Lawyer Peter Zwennes, the GBA President presented the assorted foodstuffs which included rice, cooking oil, beverages, milk and others worth thousands of Ghana cedis to the various gyms across the country.
“The COVID-19 scare have had heavy ramifications on every activity worldwide forcing countries to close their borders to protect their nationals. Government of Ghana’s subsequent announcement on restrictions and ban on all contact sports to help trace and treat contacts of contracted persons rendered the business of boxing dormant. This affected trainers, boxers, managers and promoters as well as other auxiliary services in the industry and put enormous pressure on the regulator (GBA) to support boxers during this period. Therefore the GBA accessing how bad the pandemic has affected the industry, responded to calls for it to support boxers and gyms to go through these hard times” he said.
Meanwhile, efforts are being made to bring back the Bukom Fist of Fury Boxing League and Pro Fight Nights