Government eyes more boxing slots in Rio games

Government eyes more boxing slots in Rio games

Government eyes more boxing slots in Rio games

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The Government in partnership with the Boxing Association of Kenya (BAK) has rolled out a programme geared towards taking more boxers to the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

This road to Brazil was laid down last week with a one week Referees and Judges training seminar held at Mombasa’s KPA Welfare Centre by the Department of Sports.

The training, fully funded by the Kenya National Sports Institute (KNSI) saw 40 judges and referees from across the country equipped with newly introduced International Boxing Association (Aiba) rules.

“Kenya is a nation rich in talent. We did not feel the country utilized its full potential by taking only one boxer to the 2012 London Olympics. We are hopeful that this training that we are funding will equip these boxing officials with the needed skills in their operations at the same time aid BAK toward identifying potential talents who will qualify for Brazil and ultimately win Kenya a medal. We are glad we started this early,” said Joseph Kirima, Director KNSI.

At the seminar the trainees were furnished with skills on scoring system ranging from blows, permitted fouls, boxing commands to enforcing of Aiba rules where it best fit. One of the new Aiba rules taught and examined by Mwangi Muthoga, an Aiba qualified international referee, permits BAK boxers to be involved in boxing professionally.

“Amateur boxers are now permitted to box for money as long as the contest is under Aiba,” explained Muthoga, who is a former flyweight champion. Muthoga, who was assisted to conduct the seminar together with BAK senior vice chairman Albert Matito, also reminded the trainees about the Aiba scoring system which has evolved from manual to electronic and back to manual in 2013.

He said: “Aiba in the process is developing new electronic scoring software and this has forced all federations across the world to revert to manual which has a new scoring system known as ‘ten point a must’. This means no boxer can gather more than ten points per round.”

The trained judges and referees sat for oral, written and practical exams at the end of the seminar and the results, according to Matito, will be mailed to Aiba who will grade the trainees.

BAK chairman, John Kameta while grateful and appreciative of the kind support by KNSI said the trainees will have to officiate 30 bouts to qualify as national referees and 50 bouts to qualify as a national judge and referee in their quest to attain Aiba status


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