Barbadian Employers appealed to treat all sports with equal dignity: Barbados hosts Women’s World Boxing Championships 2010 in September

Over at Bajan Global Report, they are horrified at women taking up pugilism, a. k . a. The Art of Boxing. What I see is a sexist tract against equality – they appear to have no problem in men punching the living daylights out of each other – let me be brutally simple… If women want equal rights then they must tolerate equal lefts too!

Two of the Bajan competitors in a staged preview of what fans could expect

Two of the Bajan competitors in a staged preview of what fans could expect

This is not the ancient way boxers actually used to compete – each pugilist would be tied to a huge stone block and their hands wrapped in cesti (these are broad leather straps usually studded in brass, or bull’s hide embossed with iron or lead) and with NO rounds punch until one falls over… No referee, no clinching, no running – just fight or be KO’d!

BOA's Ralph Johnson at the podium of Wildey Gymnasium's VIP Centre

BOA's Ralph Johnson at the podium of Wildey Gymnasium's VIP Centre

Thankfully, the sport has evolved considerably from that method – better yet, there are more progressive people facing reality not only in Barbados but at a world-class level. At the media launch of AIBA’s Women World Boxing Championships, Ralph Johnson of the Barbados Olympic Association told the audience what London’s ruling is on the 2012 Games {CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR AUDIO};-

The BOA official sees the ruling making Women’s Boxing part of the 2012 Olympics as a boost for Barbados in the international arena as this country being seriously considered as a venue for similar prestigious matches.

Barbados' Official Mascot for the AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships

Barbados' Official Mascot for the AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships

When one bears in mind what Boxing was like during the Greek & Roman empires, it is incredible that any one person could survive for a long period and yet it did happen, according to David Reeves, Barbados’ mascot is Krisa – this is the same name of the town of the greatest boxer in the world, ever! Why? {CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR AUDIO};-

Theragenes was a Greek pugilist who had 1300 bouts for 22 years and never lost one! His hometown was Krisa, thus the name for Barbados’ mascot – to show we intend to be as undauntable.

Izquierda/Derecha: Dr Adrian Lorde, Joyce Bowen, Gary Bowen & Andrew Sealy (before malicious Vere Walcott prop his lazy self at Head table)

Izquierda/Derecha: Dr Adrian Lorde, Joyce Bowen, Gary Bowen & Andrew Sealy (before malicious Vere Walcott prop his lazy self at Head table)

Of even more concern is the fact employers appear reluctant to offer time off outside of sick leave and vacation to let the women train (Maybe if it was Cricket or Soccer?). This was hinted at by the Barbados coach, Gary Bowen, this splitting of times has led to broken training for a bout which is due two months’ hence {CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR AUDIO};-

In addition, since this time of year is usually exams for seniors at many secondary schools – parents are reluctant to have their children put aside tests for gloves, according to the Barbados Coach.

Sports Minister Stephen Lashley indicated Government has poured $2.5 million to assist in hosting a quality programme for the world to witness. There’s a website to soon be launched where you can download the theme from the Mighty Gabby and keep track of the scores.

BGIS - "Minister Lashley took the opportunity to invite local, regional and corporate entities, to capitalise on the opportunity to support the international event in the form of sponsorships, advertising, the promotion and broadcasting of the bouts across the region."

BGIS - "Minister Lashley took the opportunity to invite local, regional and corporate entities, to capitalise on the opportunity to support the international event in the form of sponsorships, advertising, the promotion and broadcasting of the bouts across the region."

The examinations of contestants commences from 16th August and main events will run right through to 19th September.  My last query is why did Vere Walcott from Starcom Network see fit to plant his lazy butt by the head table of the mini-Press Conference? When asked to find alternative seating he should have acquiesced immediately – for my part, this is where Starcom should be disciplining as he was unapologetic!

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