New boxing body not recognised

2013-04-07 10:00

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Sascoc collides head-on with international association.

The International Boxing Association (Aiba) has dropped a bombshell: it does not recognise the new leadership of the SA National Boxing Association (Sanabo), which was elected in December.

A shocked Sanabo president, Andile Mofu, said it was “news” to him that his structure was not recognised by Aiba.

“As the leadership, we have not received a formal communique from Aiba, nor from Sascoc, about the issues in question,” said Mofu.

But in a letter to the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc), Aiba, the regulatory body for Olympic-style boxing, said it did not recognise the results of the elections, which were monitored and ratified by Sascoc.

“Please be advised that in accordance with article 13(E) and article 14 of the Aiba statutes, Aiba does not approve or recognise the results of these elections,” reads the letter, of which City Press has a copy, sent to Sascoc chief executive Tubby Reddy.

The move stemmed from complaints received by Aiba that the elections were marred by “numerous alleged violations/irregularities”.

Reddy confirmed receiving the letter last week but denied the allegations.

“If Aiba wants to listen to one side of the story from someone with an agenda, then we will have no choice but to take the matter up with the International Olympic Committee,” said Reddy.

Aiba alleged there was no independent observer and that observers present mixed with delegates throughout the election process, which was against the rules.

Further accusations contained in the letter were that the “self-appointed” chairman (Sascoc’s resolution and ethics committee chairman, Mubarak Mohamed) deliberately left out three provinces at the meeting and only asked for credentials from the other six provinces.

The letter also raised concerns about the new Sanabo constitution adopted at the meeting, regardless of it not having received a thumbs up from Aiba.

It stated that Million Nonina, a Boxing South Africa-licensed professional boxing coach and then deputy president of Sanabo’s North West branch, was not supposed to be involved in amateur boxing, as per the rules, but was allowed to be part of the meeting.

Mofu and his new vice-president, Piet Kruger, attended the meeting as observers but ended up being nominated and elected.

Neither was a delegate from his province, Gauteng, and neither was eligible.

Aiba needs to establish the following facts before it can approve the new leadership:

»?The integrity of the election and the appointment process;

»?The level of external interference in the elections;

»?The affiliation to professional boxing of any elected officer of Sanabo;

»?Compliance with the election processes of Aiba’s statutes and by-laws; and

»?Whether Sascoc complied with Aiba’s code of ethics while conducting the elections.

Issues in contention

»?Election procedure: There were no independent observers at the election

»?Credentials: The chairman of the meeting asked for credentials from six of the nine provinces

»?Professional boxing: A professional boxing coach, who according to Aiba rules is not allowed at amateur boxing matters, was present at the meeting

»?External interference: Sascoc’s Mubarak Mohamed influenced delegates

»?Election of president and deputy: An observer, Andile Mofu, was nominated for the presidency despite objections by his own province

»?Exclusion of Sanabo executive: Some Sanabo executive members were barred from taking part in the meeting

»?Exclusion of provinces: Limpopo, Mpumalanga and Western Cape were barred from taking part in the meeting for allegedly failing to submit necessary documents, which they had handed in

»?Nonracialism and gender equality: The top six who were elected do not meet Aiba race and gender bylaws

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