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GABF To Scout For More Talents-Prez

The President of the Ghana Amateur Boxing Federation (GABF), Ambassador Ray Quarcoo, has noted that one of the federation’s targets for the year is to scout for talents across the country to beef up the national amateur boxing team.




He explained that since some of the amateur boxers were graduating to professional boxers, there was the need to scout for more boxers to fill in the gap that will be created.
Ambassador Quarcoo also said the federation will beef up their technical team by organizing workshops for the coaches and judges and also upgrading the technical know-how of the referees.



These programmes were contained in the Presidential report of the federation for the year 2012.



Speaking on issues in the report, the President who also doubles as Ghana’s Ambassador for Sports said the federation will have a very packed year and also work on some of the weakness of the GABF last year.



He said the national amateur boxing team will participate in an Algerian International tournament in May and also participate in the 18th African Championship later in the year.
According to the report, the team will also participate in the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) World Junior Championships in Ukraine and also AIBA World Men’s Boxing Championship in Kazakhstan.



Commenting on some of the challenges the federation faced last year, Ambassador Quarcoo said “although the Federation was able to achieve remarkable results on the continent, it however failed to achieve the ultimate of winning an Olympic medal.”



He said the Federation was confronted with some external constraints of which the most notable are financial and human resource constraints in implementing programmes and activities.



“In some instances, I was compelled to pre-finance some programmes and it took a series of memoranda to the National Sports Authority (NSA) for me to be reimbursed,” he added.



The GABF Boss also explained that the Federation’s good standing with AIBA and the fledging bilateral relations with other AIBA affiliate national associations, both continental and international will give the federation the needed support for them this year.



He also mentioned that the federation will also take advantage of the country’s inexhaustible pool of boxing talents and also the introduction of the AIBA Professional Boxing (APB) courses to reach their set target for the year.



The APB course is designed for amateur boxers to earn income and still participate in international tournaments.


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