BOBA ponders insurance for boxers

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The Botswana Boxing Association (BoBA) has approached the Botswana Sports Council (BNSC) to assist them solicit insurance for local boxers.

BoBA President Michael Moroka revealed this at the association's Ordinary General Assembly (OGA) on Saturday.This comes after a change of rules for amateur boxers by the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) that all amateur boxers should fight without protective headgear. The new rule was introduced after the London 2012 Olympic Games and all AIBA affiliates are expected to be compliant by July this year.

Fighting without headgear will expose boxers to life- threatening injuries, hence the need for insurance cover.Professional boxers have always fought without headgear and should be insured before any bouts.Moroka told the affiliates that they are looking forward to implementing the rule soon hence they have asked for assistance from the mother body. He said the BNSC understand this new development and it is promising that something positive will come up. He said the new rule will come with other changes as there might be changes in scoring, thus necessitating a need to train further referees and judges to keep abreast with new developments.Moroka said it is important that boxers also get used to the changes as all upcoming international tournaments, including the Africa Championships, World Championships and 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, there will be no headgear allowed. The change currently affects only senior male boxers while female boxers and juniors will continue to use the headgear.

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