The Herald (Harare)

Zimbabwe: Zaba Agm Dates Set

HE Zimbabwe Amateur Boxing Association will next week hold their general assembly in Gweru to map the way forward for this year's activities.

The assembly, which is scheduled to be held on March 9, comes after the national executive held their meeting recently to discuss various issues affecting the sport and their findings will be presented to all the stakeholders during next weekend's indaba in Gweru.

Zaba secretary-general, Goodwill Sibanda, said the executive meeting was in preparation for the general assembly and they agreed to change the name of the association following a call from the International Amateur Boxing Association to drop the word amateur.

"We had a meeting as the national executive to map the way forward for the general assembly, discussing the new constitution approved by AIBA and we came up with the resolution of changing our name from Zaba to Zimbabwe Boxing Federation and that will be in line with international standards.

We also came up with a resolution that anyone who has fought professional boxing under the Zimbabwe Boxing and Wrestling and Board of Control cannot compete under Zaba.

"We now have three categories, namely the AIBA Olympic boxing, which takes care of amateur boxing. The second one is the AIBA professional boxing and World boxing series and this is where we are saying we identify boxers who have been to the Olympics and attach them toAIBA. They will be competing under the AIBA franchise, earning a living professionally. We also discussed the issue of dual posts, a person should hold one post. For instance, you cannot be a chairman for a province and then be the chairman for the national association," said Sibanda.

Having discussed these various issues ahead of the general assembly, Sibanda said as the national executive, they have their own agenda and provinces are expected to do the same.

"We have our own agenda as the national executive, for example the issue of the constitution and everyone has to adopt the new constitution so it's a matter of endorsing it. Provinces have challenges they face and they would want those issues to be addressed, so we are saying they should come up with their agendas and the deadline is tomorrow (today)," he added.

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