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Potts gives boxing board thumbs up

By WALTER ALIBEY Friday, July 5 2013

THERE were sighs of relief by members of the boxing fraternity on Monday, following the naming of the new executive of the Trinidad and Tobago Boxing Board of Control (TTBBC).

After almost 10 months of inactivity in the sport, the appointment of the new board and the subsequent handing over of the instruments of appointment to the members were met with a loud sigh.

The new board comprises Deopersad Ramoutar who is the chairman and Zaid Mohammed as the vice-chairman.

The other members are Sharma Stroude, Dr Keven Antoine, Courtney Dookie, Vijay Bhaggan, Neil Greaves and Collin Mills.

Yesterday Minister of Sports Anil Roberts and Government were praised for their choice of members. Boxu Potts, who held the position as Special Adviser to the board said he was satisfied with the composition of the TTBBC, saying he believes that boxing will be well served under it.

But Potts, who is to date unsure of whether he will retain his position as adviser to the board, explained that it consisted members who have the sport at heart. He described Ramoutar and Mohammed as experienced individuals with level heads. He further called on young budding boxers to work hard for what they want.

“Young people must know what they want in the sport and be willing to go at it really hard,” Potts said.

He also warned about coaches and promoters who are bent on criticising anything that is done by those in authority.

Potts said the time has come for critics to show more support. Under former chairperson Annabelle Davis, the TTBB saw Carlos Suarez book a place in the 2008 London Olympics for the first time since 1996 when Kirt Sinnette had qualified. Potts said he is confident that the new board will continue the development programmes which were started under the last board and would lead to more boxers qualifying for the Olympics.

Quizzed as to whether he will be retained on the board, Potts said he met with the new board on Tuesday and was told that there were no problems with him being on the board.

He explained that board members said that they were happy with the work that he has done in the past and therefore would have no problems with him working with the board yet another time.

The TTBB is expected to meet with Potts soon to determine his future in the sport.

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