26 November 2012

Gambia: Boxing Association President Resigns

The president of the Gambia Amateur Boxing Association (GABA), Yusupha Jaiteh, has resigned from his post as the head of the Association with immediate effect, Observer Sports can reveal.

In a letter addressed to the National Sports Council and copied to The Gambia National Olympic Committee and the GABA, Jaiteh said: "It is with regret that I tender my resignation from the Gambia Amateur Boxing Association as President." He said that he was 'sorry' but he has to do this for the way forward in Gambian Boxing, "because I may be a stumbling block to some criminals". He added that he is grateful for having had the opportunity to serve on the executive of the Association for the past two and half years, and offered his best wishes for its continued success.

As the president of the Gambia Amateur Boxing Association (GABA), Jaiteh said he has few very basic expectations as after a consistent and "annoying harassment" of a few boxers, during his time of rest, he can only surmise that they are of the few true genetic wastes of time, asking him, to go get them jobs, to lift the embargo on club travels to Europe without any screening or justification of trip. "I try to get some of the boxers to join hands with the executive to help in the way forward but to no avail, and lack of funding is being blamed on the executive, which is not within our reach." In another startling revelation, Jaiteh said some [people] had the guts to tell him to start visa deals so as to be able to do all their programmes.

Concluding his letter, Jaiteh said that as 'this situation is unlikely to change without them getting a full frontal surgical incision, he is forced to tender his resignation'. However, he has a few advices to give to the genuine ones, "meaning boxers" which he listed below:

1. Elect the vice president to the position of president if you want a way forward

2. Assistant secretary be elected to the position as secretary general

3. All clubs go register to the association meaning (GABA).

4. Read and understand the constitution of GABA, AIBA, MOYS and the national sports act to avoid problems in the future.

5. Please final note, love the game of boxing with passion and not for traveling and be grateful to good people.

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