Faerua Challenges VABA Authority

Boxing: Faerua executive not valid

By The Independent
Posted Sunday, February 6, 2005

Vanuatu Amateur Boxing Association (VABA) executive led by Jonethy Jerethy has lashed out at an article carried in last week's issue to denounce George Faerua's claim to the VABA executive head as not valid and misleading according to the court judgement of 16 August 2004.

"The present legal executive is preparing to run a competition to be held mid-March between Port Vila and provincial clubs to draw a pre-national squad to train for the Oceania championships," says Jerethy, "and that squad is not yet selected as suggested by Faerua in his article last week."

It is expected that all clubs should reopen their doors for training by the third week of February after affiliation fees are sorted out.

According to Jerethy there can be no squad yet because the positions of the national coach and technical director and the assistant national coach were made vacant in November 2004 after the previous coaches were made redundant. The reason given was that their appointment was unclear as there were no official document available to the current executive to state otherwise.

The current executive claims that after much investigation they were given no choice but to terminate the national technical director Ross Schmidt as he had no history of boxing background in Australia. But the executive acknowledged James Iauat's contribution to the development of boxing in the country particularly as assistant national coach and hoped he would apply for his position again once the post is advertised.

Jerethy said it is time boxing officials join hands to develop the sport rather than continue to cause confusion and rivalry among themselves, which only destroys the sport men and women instead of building them. He went on to say that today more former boxing enthusiasts are returning to give their support to the new executive which is a positive sign of development for the sport. The Independent understands that Luganville boxing organisers and club managers such as Kevin Anderson and Lester Roy are ready to promote amateur boxing in the northern town once again and to work closely with the current executive.


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