Ban on boxing authorities lifted

In suspending the body on September 30 the Sports Council said the move would “allow the interim executive of the GBA to sort out vital information required to ensure that they have acted totally above board in the movement of athletes and officials of its Association between the Gambia and Milan for the [AIBA World] Championships [held from 1-12 September 2009].”

In a statement announcing the lifting of the ban on Wednesday, the National Sports Council pronounced as follows:

• After thorough investigation, the NSC has decided to lift the suspension of the Interim Executive of the Gambia Boxing Association as of 10th November 2009 because of the following reasons:

• The decision to lift the suspension of the Interim Executive of the Gambia Boxing Association was reached by Council as satisfied that the Gambia Boxing Association had shown no trace of visa fraud or human trafficking connected with their trip to Milan which has been the subject of media reports.

• At two Council sittings with the suspended executive members of the Boxing Association to discuss the issues from the media reports, Council was satisfied with the attendance of the interim executive and the level of response manifested during our investigations and meetings with your members.

• Council observed that members showed total commitment to the management of the Association and uplifting of the suspension will allow the Interim Executive of the Gambia Boxing Association to continue among other duties to sort out vital information required for proper management and re-organization of the Association and hold elections as soon as possible.

• The NSC is satisfied with the investigation carried out and that the Executive of the Gambia Boxing Association are instructed to hold elections before the start of 2010.

• This action is taken on the basis of the authority of the National Sports Council Act 2000.

The General public is hereby urged to facilitate this process and exercise the overall interest of Sports in The Gambia.

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