Looking to continue its mandate of promoting amateur boxing around the world, the International Boxing Association (AIBA) recently donated boxing equipment and gears to the Bahamas Boxing Federation (BBF). Those items arrived in New Providence on Monday.
According to the BBF President Vincent Strachan, there were 403 pieces that were donated to the federation, far exceeding their expectations of about 100 pieces. Strachan said that it is a red-letter day for the federation.
“Almost two years ago while attending the Caribbean Boxing Championships in Trinidad and Tobago, every member federation was promised a gift of 100 pieces of boxing equipment. They were promised by then-secretary-general of AIBA, Umar Kremlyov, who is now the president of AIBA,” said Strachan. “I wish to thank president Kremlyov for this generous donation. This equipment will be distributed to our Family Islands associations, to help in their developmental programs.”
The shipment was to be shipped from 2020, but due to the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, they arrived earlier this week. Strachan said that this is only the beginning for Kremlyov’s agenda for the sport of boxing worldwide.
The donations from AIBA included boxing gloves, hand wraps, cup supporters, double end balls, head guards, mouth guards, punching bags, speed balls and wall pads. They come at a great time when the federation looks to help the Family Islands which have not had their fair share of attention, he admits. With the Paris Olympic Summer Games set for 2024, the federation will look to get a boxer or two to Paris. Hopefully, the donation from AIBA can play a part in doing that.
It has been a challenge for the sport of boxing in the country as the federation does not have access to the national gymnasium due to ongoing repairs being done on the building. According to Strachan, they are looking for a new permanent home. The progress is stalled because of a lack of a boxing facility but he is remaining positive.
Locally, the pandemic has taken a huge toll on sports. Leagues have not resumed and there is no telling when that will happen. The sport of boxing is no different as there hasn’t been a local boxing event held since last year March as the country continues to battle the pandemic.