THE Caribbean Development Boxing tournament jabbing off in Guyana this evening would be used as a forum for presidents of Caribbean Associations to meet and plan strategies for the development of the sport across the region.
Five regional presidents will meet tomorrow with the main focus being implementation of programmes that would take the Caribbean towards Olympic glory.
Steve Ninvalle, President of the Guyana Amateur Boxing Association will be joined by Anthony Jones of Barbados, Stephen Jones of Jamaica, David ` Christopher of St. Lucia and Cecil Ford of Trinidad and Tobago.
Ninvalle said: “This upcoming tournament is a product of us meeting last year as regional leaders. The ‘One Voice, One Goal, One Caribbean’ motto has reignited a sense of deep unity as is highlighted by the response to the Caribbean Development Tournament,”
The English speaking Caribbean has been without Olympic boxing medals through for some time with Guyana’s only medal at the Games being achieved in 1980 through Michael Parris. The regional administrators would be looking at ways to create a positive change with focus being on the 2020 Games.
Caribbean presidents last met in large numbers in June 2014 in Barbados. The regional sport administrators are heading to Guyana for the Caribbean tournament which commences today at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.
To date 15 countries have registered to participate in what is being dubbed as the largest gathering of regional countries in Guyana for boxing. Over one hundred boxers and 30 officials are expected in for the tournament which concludes on Sunday. At stake are regional bragging rights.
The countries registered are: Anguilla, Antigua, Bahamas, Barbados, Cayman Islands, The Commonwealth of Dominica, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.
St.Lucia is represented by a six man team lead by LyndellMarcellin, the reminder of the squad reads – Arthur Langelier, Marvin Anthony, Kareem Boyce, Nathan Ferrari and Tahj Browne.