Boxing commission to conduct elections

15Jan 2016
Japheth Kazenga
The Guardian
Boxing commission to conduct elections

TANZANIA Professional Boxing Commission (TPBC) is expected to hold election in Dar es Salaam on February 13.
TPBC interim committee chairman, Chaurembo Palasa, said the body has written the National Sports Council (NSC) to inform the latter of the plan to hold the election and will wait for the latter’s directives.

The Boxer, Maneno Osward (r) with the TPBC interim committee chairman, Chaurembo Palasa (r)

The interim committee has been in power for over two years, conducting various activities including overseeing domestic title and non-title bouts, as well as increasing the body’s membership base across the country.
TPBC had earlier planned to hold election early last year but Palasa said the exercise was briefly postponed as the body has set its sight on acquiring regional members.
The committee has so far managed to register seven members, namely Dar es Salaam, Coast Region, Mbeya, Morogoro, Iringa, Ruvuma and Tanga.
The regional members, as noted by Palasa, have been tasked with, among others, supervising regional title championships and non-title fights that do not exceed six rounds.
Regional champions from different regions will then battle for the national championships.
National championships’ status, as noted by Palasa, has, of late, suffered a serious blow, in which some of domestic professional boxing associations oversee the bouts involving boxers of the bodies’ choice.
Palasa said the move gears towards improving status of the national boxing championships, apart from bolstering chances for the domestic boxers to excel at international platform.
TPBC, he said, will be responsible for supervising national title fights and international fights between domestic boxers and foreign opponents, which will be held in the country.
TPBC is so far the oldest domestic professional boxing governing body but it had, in the past, been failing to operate efficiently because of conflict between the body’s officials.
Meanwhile, Palasa has requested domestic professional boxers to present their credentials to TPBC so the body can submit the details to Boxrec, a network that keeps records of professional boxers from all over the world.
The details, he said, include copies of either voter registration card or birth certificates and passport size pictures, which will then be included in each of the boxers’ information in the network.

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