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Ghana: GBA Outdoors New titles, car, website

The Ghana Boxing Authority (GBA) yesterday launched 10 new title belts for its championships.

The opportunity was also taken advantage of for the exterior of a brand new vehicle for the association and a website.

The belts, made in Pakistan, will replace the old ones and would be kept by the boxers who won them.

The event brought together former world champions including Azumah Nelson, Ike Quartey and Joseph Agbeko and other players in the boxing industry.

In launching them, GBA President Mr. Abraham Kotei Neequaye said the acquisition of the belts, the car and the website are steps to reshape and revive boxing in the country.

The arrival of the belts, he said, will mark the end of the era when boxers are forced to return titles for other promotions.

He said he tapped into the knowledge of his predecessors to reshape and revive ACS and make it viable for the corporate sector.

The present GBA, he said, would focus on the well-being of boxers and coaches.

Therefore, he said, he created an office for the president of the GBA to listen to or receive their concerns and complaints.

In addition, offices would be created for the marketing and communications teams, as they hope to have a solid administrative structure.

Mr. Neequaye urged stakeholders to comply with GBA rules and regulations and called on overseas-based boxers to hand over the percentage of their scholarship to the GBA to financially support the association.

The representative of MoYS and the National Sports Authority (NSA), Kwame Amponfi congratulated the GBA for the activities which he described as visionary and developmental and pledged the support of the two agencies for their activities.

Addressing guests, former Minister of Youth and Sports (MoYS) Nii Lante Vanderpuyje advised stakeholders to engage in the development and promotion of the game rather than engaging in selfish acts to get rich.