BOXING Commission of Fiji (BCF) is sending one of its representatives on a tour to Cuba to study their amateur boxing program and help establish a formidable structure at home.
BCF member Malakai Veisamasama will leave the country today with Minister for Youth and Sports, Viliame Naupoto as part of the tour to visit the Cuban Institute of Sports.
Commission chairman John Rabuku said during the tour, Veisamasama would observe how the amateur boxing was run in Cuba and present a report to them based on his analysis upon return.
Rabuku added they would take Veisamasama’s recommendations on board to boost the ailing sport and help it gain prominence in the country.
“Cuba is one of the top countries in amateur boxing and this is a great opportunity for us to learn ways of improving the sport in Fiji,” Rabuku said.
“Ministry for Youth and Sports has asked one of our nominees to be part of the tour and Veisamasama will be observing the technology and expertise they use to enhance the development of amateur boxing in Cuba.”
Meanwhile, Rabuku said they were awaiting the approval of their regulation from the government to start with their amateur programs.
He said they were set to begin the professional programs but lack promoters as only two have registered with the commission so far.