The Namibia Boxing Federation (NABF) has exhausted its 2011/12 financial budget following the country’s participation at the recent Aiba African Olympic qualifiers held in Casablanca, Morocco.
The federation has a national obligation to send boxers to the fourth African Cup of Nations’ men’s tournament early next month to be hosted in Gaborone, Botswana.
The budget of the Ministry of Youth, National Service, Sport and Culture is currently being deliberated in the National Council (NC); meaning that the sport codes have, to date, not received their annual grants.
The Villager Sport has it on good authority that the ministry’s budget, like all other Government ministries’, offices’ and agencies’, has been delayed by two months already.
NABF secretary-general (SG), Joe Kaperu when contacted by this paper, said in no certain terms that the federation’s budget is exhausted and that all that is needed to be done is to canvass for funds to have the boxers in Botswana.
“The tournament is of utmost importance because that is where the African boxers get to be rated by Aiba standards,” said the worried Kaperu.
He added that those countries that would like to host the Aiba-sanctioned tournaments in future should participate in the African Cup of Nations first for their assessment, which is normally based on points scored.
“This is a high level competition to expose our boxers to but the question is, will we have the money for participation in time?” Asked the SG.
The concerned secretary-general said that NABF believes that in situations like this that call for extreme measures, they (NABF) should indulge Government and the private sector for generous sponsorship to ensure boxers’ participation.
He said that the situation is a cause for concern because the entry date for boxers is 18th May and although the ground work has already started, the fact is, NABF’s coffers are dry.
During the 2011/12 financial year, NABF received financial grants from the Namibia Sports Commission (NSC), which was N$35 000 for international participation, N$6 500 for administration and N$30 000 for development.
He said depending on the number of boxers, there should be two coaches and a team administrator whose selection should be in line with Aiba standards.