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Sierra Leone Sports: SLBA complete referees and judge’s training

Sierra Leone Boxing Association (SLBA) certified participants with certificates of merit on Saturday 27thJanuary 2018, at their gym in the Siaka Stevens Stadium for successfully completing the training organized for referees and judges geared towards improving the level of officiating.
The weeklong course was attended by over 20 referees and judges from across the country, with majority of them going through the training for the first time, while those with experience were there to refresh their brains.
The course was the first major activity organized by the association under the administration of the new executive since they took office in August 2017, with the aim of capacitating their officiators, using the required standard rules of the International Boxing Association (AIBA).
According to the facilitator, Victor Smith the newly certified referees and judges will be thoroughly evaluated to get the best from them whenever they are placed in charge of a bout. The training will not only stop at the gym, it is a continual process, which needs effective monitoring system.
“It is essential to train young breeds. Most of the participants were between the ages of 21-40 (male and female) which was very good for the association”.
“The role of SLBA at this point in time is to ensure they stage series of competitions so as to give us the zeal to monitor and develop quality referees and judges”, he mentioned.
Smith who is also the chairman for the SLBA Referees and Judges Commission said the training was the beginning of a new era of referees and judges that will eventually take over from the elderly ones who are now clocking their retirement age.
The participants went through theoretical and practical sessions, and they were provided with the updated changes to the technical and competition rules as stipulated by AIBA.
Speaking on behalf of the participants, Rosaline Amara admitted that the training was highly educative and they learnt a lot about what entails in officiating a boxing bout.
Madam Amara promised that they will put all what they learnt in to practice to avoid further confrontations from boxers or coaches who might want to tag them to be biased or scoundrel.
Noting that they will always do their best when it comes to officiating bouts, as their role is to ensure the boxers have a good and clean fight.
Commenting on the conclusion of the training, the SLBA Scribe, Alhaji Komba lauded the participants for exhibiting patience and giving their time in the interest of acquiring education, which he said was a plus for the association. He added that the facilitator did a magnificent job in the weeklong training.
Komba further revealed that the training is the signal of a new era in the revival of boxing in the country; with the association currently preparing ahead to host a mega boxing competition due in a months time, and it will future boxers from all regions.
By Magdalene S. Konneh
Tuesday January 30, 2018.

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