New boxing board named

HARARE - Veteran educationist and sports administrator Paul Nenjerama is the new chairperson of the Zimbabwe National Boxing and Control Board (ZNBBC) announced by Sports minster David Coltart yesterday.

Nenjerema and his new board have been tasked with leading local boxing back to its glory days after years of stagnation.

The other members of the new board include veteran boxing promoter Lorraine Muringi, Frederick Farai Muchena and Edgar Hammond.

Boxing journalist Gilbert Munetsi alongside Rangarirai Dzimba, Alexander Kwangwari and Tsitsi Muzuva complete the eight-member ZNBBC board.  

“I am pleased to announce my appointment of a new Zimbabwe National Boxing and Control Board in terms of Chapter 25:02 of the Boxing and Wrestling Control Act with effect from 1st February 2013. The Board’s tenure will last until the 31st January 2016,” Coltart said in a statement yesterday.

“The state of boxing in Zimbabwe has been in dire straits with no functional and substantive Board for over a decade. In the recent years boxing in Zimbabwe has been characterised by sporadic local tournaments and poor performances at international levels.

“The boxers have become inactive; hence it is virtually impossible to rank them to promote competitiveness.  

“The urgent mandate of this new board is therefore to restore Zimbabwe as a top Boxing nation by ensuring the re-emergence of the likes of Langton ‘Schoolboy’ Tinago, Proud ‘Kilimanjaro’ Chinembiri and Stix McLoud, who made the nation proud by clinching international titles like the Commonwealth and the African Championships.”

Coltart added: “It is the nation’s hope that the new Board will activate the sport by organising more local and frequent tournaments to draw out the best, who can then compete in regional and international tournaments. The new Board should also aim to promote women boxing.”

The new board takes over from the previous board led by Richard Hondo, which was disbanded by Coltart at the end of last year.

The Zimbabwe Boxing Committee (ZBC) welcomed the new board and Coltarts’s effort to bring sanity back in a sport that has great potential to prosper.

“We really appreciate what the minister has done for the sport by also listening to our concerns as boxers,” ZBC chairman Barthlomew Dendere said yesterday.

“We want to welcome the new chairman and as our captain of the ship we will obey and take all orders from him. As ZBC we look forward to working with the new board.” - Sports Writer

Comments (2)

Can the New Minister of sport a[point a Wrestling Control Board acording to the Act its Overdue may be the relevant authorities can start consultations as of nw prior to the new appointments in 2016

Tapiwa Ray Masinire - 4 November 2015

Can the New Minister of sport a[point a Wrestling Control Board acording to the Act its Overdue may be the relevant authorities can start consultations as of nw prior to the new appointments in 2016

Tapiwa Ray Masinire - 4 November 2015

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