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22.10.2008 Boxing

Five Face GBA Disciplinary Committee Today

Super bantamweight boxer, Alfred 'Awuo' Quaye and four boxing officials are to appear before the Ghana Boxing Authority's (GBA) Arbitration Panel/Disciplinary Committee headed by Mr Peter Zwenes today in a case in which the officials are being accused of impersonation in a fight.

The hearing was initially scheduled for October 9 but had to be rescheduled because one of the accused, Referee Roger Barnor, was out of the country to officiate a fight.

Quaye alleged in the September 30-October 2 edition of the Graphic Sports that the four had impersonated him in a fight with one Jorge Perez (7-0) in Spain in November last year.

He said Roger Barnor, Otoo Lartey, a match maker, Abdul Rashid Williams (Believer), a boxing trainer and Darko Richetts, an assistant trainer at Wisdom Gym, managed to prepare him for the bouts including the processing of his passport but eventually it turned out to be a fiasco.

A publication on boxing website, www.boxrec.com indicated that Quaye had fought and lost to Perez, when he had not travelled to Spain.

A letter signed by the GBA Secretary General, Patrick Anyidoho Cofie, indicated that the invited persons should have submitted written responses to the Chairman of the GBA Arbitration Committee by October 16.

 

Other members of the committee are GBA Chairman Moses Foh Amoaning, Mr Samir Captan, Mr J.A. Annan, Dr S.A. Quaye and Dr D.C. Sonne.

Earlier, Mr Moses Foh Amoaning, told the Daily Graphic that his outfit would thoroughly investigate the matter and those found culpable would be handed over to the law enforcement agencies and dealt with accordingly.

“We will give all the accused persons a fair hearing but if fraud is proven, we will hand over those affected to the appropriate authority to deal with them.

 

This is just a caution to those who are nursing similar intentions. We want to purge Ghana boxing of all these ills,” he said.

The GBA Chairman said he was unhappy about the way the boxer made the allegations in the media.

“This is a serious matter and we will approach it with all seriousness because we don't want the sport to be dragged in the mud by certain elements,” he said.

Meanwhile, Referee Roger Barnor said he would take legal action against Quaye for defamation of character, insisting that the allegations were totally false.

Apart from Otoo Lartey who corroborated some parts of the boxer's story, the two others, Coaches Darko and Believer have denied the allegations.

The hearning will begin at 2 p.m. at Insight Advertising Limited which is the office of the GBA chairman.

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