Boxing Sport

Minister summons NSCZ, ZBF

MWALE

DIANA MUTAKAFIMBO, Lusaka
THE Ministry of Youth, Sport and Child Development has summoned the National Sports Council of Zambia (NSCZ) and the Zambia Boxing Federation (ZBF) executive committee today to iron out differences that have engulfed the running of the sport.
Others summoned are the Midlands Amateur Boxing Association (MABA), Copperbelt Amateur Boxing Association (CABA) and Southern Province Amateur Boxing Association (SPBA).
The ZBF elective annual general meeting was halted last Saturday after some candidates obtained an injunction.
The inter-party hearing will be held on Friday.
Deputy Minister of Youth, Sport and Child Development Ronald Chitotela confirmed in an interview on Monday that he will meet all the parties today.
Chitotela said the Thomas Chileshe-led executive will continue running the affairs of the federation until the matter is resolved.
He is confident the matter will be resolved soon.
Meanwhile, Minister of Youth, Sport and Child Development Vincent Mwale has warned amateur boxing administrators to desist from squabbles as it is detrimental to the development of the sport.
Mwale said this when he received the World Boxing Council (WBC) bantamweight gold belt from Catherine Phiri at his office on Monday.
He said Government is not pleased with the current happenings in ZBF.
“We would like to see us getting more united in the boxing circles.
“We are not pleased as government to see squabbles. It is time for us to celebrate people like Catherine, Esther [Phiri] and all the boxers that have brought glory to this country.
“It is not time for us to involve ourselves in squabbles. Please do not overshadow this success we are getting as a country,” Mwale said.
The minister has called for an immediate end to the squabbles.

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