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06.01.2005 Sports News

GBA scribe takes a swipe at SWAG

GBA scribe takes a swipe at SWAG
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Accra, Jan. 6, GNA - Mr Justus Agbeko, General Secretary of the Ghana Boxing Authority (GBA) has taken a swipe at the Sports Writers Association (SWAG) on the recent nominees announced by the Association for the 2005 edition of the SWAG Awards Night.

Mr Agbeko said he is also at a loss as to the decision of SWAG to award Attah Eddie Pappoe as the referee of the year 2004, since the nominee is not a referee but a judge.

The General Secretary told the GNA Sports that there is a clear distinction between a boxing referee and a judge, therefore, it is obvious that SWAG has committed a big mistake by its decision.

Explaining further, Mr Agbeko said "the distinction between a referee and a judge is that, the former mounts the rings whilst the latter does not, therefore where is the justification of SWAG for their nomination?".

According to Mr Agbeko, he was surprised at the nomination since his outfit was never contacted or consulted before the selection was made. He called on SWAG to streamline its criteria for selecting award winners since its present system is casting a slur on the credibility of the association.

Mr Agbeko said there is the need for the association to make proper and necessary consultations with the various bodies before nominees are announced.

It would be recalled that SWAG has for the past days been subjected to series of criticisms since they announced the list of nominees for the year 2004.

Solomon Akunor, national table tennis player was the first to voice out his feelings on the lists claiming that he was the rightful winner for 2004 and not Nana Yaw Boateng.

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