Maba ignores Sports Council advice on polls
The wrangles surrounding Malawi Boxing Association (Maba) polls have taken a new twist after the national body decided to disregard Malawi National Council of Sports advice to advertise the elections.
Maba intends to go to the polls on Saturday at Kamuzu Institute for Sports, but Maba did not advertise the elections for the second time as per Sports Council advice.
The body’s general secretary Mbachichi Nyirenda said they were racing against time hence the need to hold the polls this weekend.
“I think we should just consider those that applied in the first place. Otherwise, our operations will still be at standstill,” he said.
Nyirenda said they would discuss with Sports Council to go ahead with the polls so that
the new committee should start running the association.
“Maba’s operations have stalled and to resume, we need the elections,” he said.
International Boxing Association Amateur (Aiba) suspended Maba following allegations that some of its members were involved in professional boxing.
The development haunted amateur boxing as the future of amateurs looked bleak.
Currently, most of the amateur clubs are inactive while several boxers have resorted to fight in semi-professional category being sanctioned by the Malawi Professional Boxing Control Board (MPBCB).
Last year, Maba missed two events that could have helped amateurs gain international exposure.
Malawi’s amateurs missed the Region Five Games (formerly Zone VI Games) in Zimbabwe and they did not compete at the Africa Youth Championship in Botswana.
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