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Davis takes charge of boxing board

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.

Potts and Davis, who were the fea­ture speak­ers at the press con­fer­ence said that the vi­sion of the new board is to be­gin reg­u­lat­ing box­ing with­in the coun­try.

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.

She con­clud­ed by say­ing that the sport will ex­pe­ri­ence a re­mar­ket­ing, re­brand­ing and reimag­ing, to cre­ate a new sense of ex­cite­ment about box­ing.

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.