Boxing izindaba could cost R2m

2013-09-01 14:00

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Sports department goes big to fix troubles in the sport

The department of sport and recreation will spend more than R2 million on the two-day National Boxing Indaba (NBI) and provincial izindaba in the nine provinces combined.

The NBI will take place on September 27-28. The Free State and Eastern Cape held their izindaba over the past two days.

The Free State and the Eastern Cape have already forked out a total of R450 000 in hosting their provincial gatherings – R200 000 and R250 000, respectively.

Gauteng says they will spend R450 000 for their version next weekend.

“With an allocation from the division of revenue (in the) national department of sport and recreation, Gauteng has set aside an amount of R450 000 for the event,” confirmed Nomazwe Ntlokwana, the spokesperson for the province’s sport, arts, culture and recreation department.

But the director-general in the sports department, Alec Moemi, said nothing has been finalised for the NBI as finding the venue to host the proceedings was a challenge.

He did, however, indicate that hiring the venue, paying for delegates’ accommodation, catering and the flying in of two international guests, along with “all necessary logistics”, would cost in the region of R1 million.

The input of the international guests, one from the US-based Nevada Athletic Commission and another from an international professional boxing association, according to Moemi was very crucial to the success of the indaba.

“Our boxing is modelled on the US (where the commission regulates all combat sport in the state of Nevada) and they will help in providing insight on how they’re doing it, because theirs is working but ours is not,” he said.

The department hoped that the commission’s official will play a huge role in convincing local boxing promoters that broadcasting rights belong to the regulator instead of promoters – which is currently the case here.

This is the move they have fought tooth and nail and are likely to oppose come September 27.

City Press understands the Eastern Cape Boxing Promoters’ Association yesterday in their provincial indaba strongly opposed Boxing SA taking control of the rights.

On Thursday, the association’s chairperson Mzi Mnguni said they were clear on their position.

He said “broadcasting rights belong to promoters”.

Moemi added the commission’s delegate was important in this regard “because we want them (promoters) to hear it from the horse’s mouth and not us or Boxing SA.”

Ntlokwana added that some of the discussions the province will be feeding into the NBI include a regulatory framework for the sport, the promotion of female boxers, development structures for provincial boxing and the training of coaches and officials.

According to Ntlokwana, Gauteng will not discuss broadcasting rights because there’s a “pending court case against Boxing SA, public broadcaster and Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula by promoter Branco Milenkovic”.

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