The Zambia Boxing Federation (ZBF) has paid glowing tribute to the International Boxing Association (AIBA) for waiving annual membership fees of US$250.00 for 2021 in light of the Covid 19 pandemic.
ZBF Secretary General, Bright Chomba said the development will give boxing federations and affiliates the much needed financial breather as most boxing associations are struggling to raise funds for membership renewals and operations.
“We have struggled to raise membership fees, so this this a big relief, it will help a lot of federations,” said Chomba
The International Boxing Association (AIBA) recently waived off its annual membership fees of US$250.00 for its 200 plus affiliates for 2021 in light of the Covid 19 pandemic ravaging the world.
AIBA President Umar Kremlev said his association wants to give its members a financial breather and focus efforts on sustaining the development of the sport during the pandemic.
In a statement issued to affiliates, Kremlev said his association will not be preoccupied with taking money from members but improve the development and governance of the sport.
“Only in unity with the national federations will we be able to achieve all the ambitious goals that AIBA is facing. Our task is not to take money from our members but to help them in everything. We have established new membership criteria to ensure good governance, integrity and transparency,” said AIBA president Umar Kremlev .
AIBA is expected to forego over US$50,000 as the organization has over 200 members.
And Chomba said the National Boxing Team will soon go into camp to begin final preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
He said the boxers have been kept busy by participating in tournaments all around the country where they have continued to sweep past their opponents.
Chomba said all stakeholders including the ministry of sports, the national Olympic committee, national sports council and the Boxing Federation are working together to ensure the boxing team is adequately prepared for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
He said the federation will not be distracted by people bent on curtailing progress and stressed that ZBF elections will go as planned in May this year under the reviewed constitution which was funded by the National Sports Council.