Commissioner responsible for sports, Frans Richardson, this past Wednesday turned his attention to boxing, meeting with the St. Maarten Boxing Association.
At the meeting, during which the association was represented by Jas Bryan-Labega and Erno Labega, plans and activities of the association were disclosed.
Among the association’s major interests is the obtaining of a training site for boxers on the Dutch side of the island.
The local association, which is also a member of the WBO and WBC federations, briefed the commissioner on the association’s duties and responsibilities.
Commissioner Richardson has taken note of the association’s concerns and interests. He assured the boxing association representatives that he would be looking into the matter – but could not make commitments, at this time, due to government’s precarious financial situation as well as the present economic climate.
Offers have been made by various boxing celebrities and trainers to come to St. Maarten, at no cost to government, to explore a number of possibilities. The idea is one which, in principle, has the support of Commissioner Richardson, who is interested in developing sports tourism.
A follow-up meeting is planned within short to further address ideas and proposals involving the boxing association.