The newly-elected Secretary General of the Gambia Boxing Association, Abdoulie Jallow has promised to uplift the standard of boxing in The Gambia before the end of his executive’s first four-year term in office.
“We need more interactions with the clubs if we are to take boxing to another level,” he tells The Chronicle. “We have taken over office from the scratch. We are in negatives at the moment, but we shall inject in personal resources for the good of the game.”
Gambia’s amateur boxing has been in the doldrums for the past four years due to leadership crisis. For Jallow, his executive will rely on capacity building, accountability, technical development and decentralization to take boxing to another level.
“We shall account for each and every penny we get from clubs, sponsors and other sources’’, says Abdoulie.
Muhammad Njie, a boxing enthusiast has called on the new executive to better structure the boxing clubs and build capacities of coach and referees. “I want to emphasize the technical development of the game. There is urgent need for this new executive to spread the game of boxing across the different regions of the country,” he tells The Chronicle.
Badou Jack is the first and only Gambian boxer to qualify for an olympic game through the normal International Olympic Committee boxing qualification in 2008.
Badou was born in Sweden and represented Sweden in the world champions in Canada in 2007. Since he was discovered, arrangements were made by the then Gambia Boxing Association to convince the Swedish National Olympic Committee and National Boxing Association of Sweden to change his sporting allegiance to The Gambia.
In 2016, The Gambia-Swedish WBC super-middleweight boxing champion visited The Gambia and expressed his readiness to support Gambian boxing.