Attorney Annabelle Davis made history yesterday when she was appointed as the first woman to head the Trinidad and Tobago Boxing Board of Control (TTBBC).Annabelle, who contested the Port of Spain North/St Ann’s West seat in the last general electons, was presented with her instruments of appointment from Buxo Potts, the Board’s Special Advisor at the Ministry of Sport head office on Abercromby Street, Port of Spain, yesterday.
Also being appointed were Sam Warrell, Neil Greaves and Collin Mills. They replace former Deputy Chairman Yaqub Abdul Haqq and ordinary board members Janet Dennis, Mala Nasib and Ricardo Phillip, who were sacked by the Ministry of Sport on Monday.
The other members of the Boad are Kevin Antoine, Shama Stroude and Zaid Mohammed, who is the Board’s secretary.Potts, whose son Giovanni is also a boxing promoter, said that the dismissals of Abdul Haqq, Dennis, Nasib and Phillip were as a result of the Minister’s dissatisfaction of their performances.
Davis revealed that plans for the introduction of “InterCol” boxing into the nation’s schools were underway, as well as National Development Programme through communities, prisons, Youth Training Centre (YTC) and the University of TT (UTT).
“Not only do we want to introduce the programmes, but we want to sustain them and make them viable options for carreers,” said Davis.Davis said also that the board seeks to sustain the development of boxing in TT by regulating inter-island bouts on a regular basis.
“We (the board) intend to improve the infrastructure, developement and promotion of the sport across TT. We need to work from the gyms, which are in poor condition.
I want to take boxing back into the communities, in particular the hot-spots, which suffers a stigma,” said Davis on her plans as chairman for the sport.
Potts joined it: “We are not going backwards anymore. We are going forward.
I do not wish to discuss what has happened in the past.”However, when pressed to comment on a call by former board member (Ricardo) Phillips, for his immediate removal for what he described as a conflict of interest between Potts (Buxo) and his son Giovanni Potts in his role as a promoter, Potts (Buxo) bluntly replied, “If a father is a judge and his son is a lawyer, is there a conflict of interest?”Davis, who also worked in the capacity of the attourney for Potts, said that she is not in a position to make a comment regarding the comments made by Phillips.
However, Davis was asked if she saw the issue as a conflict of interest. She responded, “Not at this time.
“Minister of Sport, Anil Roberts and the Director of Physical Education and Sport in the Ministry of Sport, Dave Bobb, who were expected to attend the function, were both absent.