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Boxing gets home at Stadium
The sport of boxing has finally gotten its own home. On Friday Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs Darryl Smith cut the ribbon to formally open the new office of the Trinidad Boxing Board of Control (TBBC), at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo. Present at the ribbon cutting ceremony were officials from the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs (MSYA) and Sport Company of T&T.
In touring the new offices, Smith said, “This location has exceeded my expectations. The Ministry is very happy to be able to provide a new home for the TBBC. This will assist in reducing expenditure, as the Board will no longer have an overhead cost for rent”.
The board moved from its office in the compound of Alicia Guest House in St Ann's to the Stadium last week.
The relocation follows the removal of the SporTT and the Ministry of Sports from the capital city of Port of Spain to the National Cycling Centre (NCC) in Balmain Couva and at #2 Elizabeth Street, St Clair respectively.
Smith noted, “These relocations will save millions of dollars in annual rent and the Ministry is keen to realise any savings which can go back to the athletes and maintenance of our facilities.”
Boxing Board chairman Dr. Barry Ishmael applauded the leadership, motivation and vision of the minister and promised to properly utilise the new space to advance the sport of boxing. According to Ishmael under the Smith's stewardship, the TBBC was able to build capacity and take on a new strategic direction to encourage people to get into boxing.
Smith in returned thanked the chairman for assisting the ministry in its thrust to establish the Combat Sport Commission (CSC), which will replace the TBBC and treat with the regulation of all Combat Sports in T&T.
The MSYA promises to continue its work with all stakeholders to promote youth development and empowerment, as well as total participation and excellence in sport.
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