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Cubans help revive boxing

Arin Kumar
Tuesday, December 18, 2012

TWO Cuban boxing coaches are expected to arrive into the country early next year to help with the revival of the sport in Fiji.

Earlier this year Cuba and Fiji signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to promote co-operation on physical education and sports development.

Among the sports is boxing. The agreement will involve officials and boxers who will help with the development of the sport in Fiji.

Boxing Commission of Fiji board member Malakai Veisamasama said according to the agreement between their Cuban counterparts, some official were ready to come.

He said the officials were just going through the correct procedure and awaiting official confirmation.

"In the agreement we had with the Cuban Boxing Federation, they are ready to help us develop amateur boxing in Fiji," Veisamasama said.

"They are just awaiting logistics and everything to be properly confirmed before they can come over," he said.

"Two coaches are coming over and we expect them to be in the country sometimes in April or March."

Veisamasama said the Cubans would use the partnership to prepare their boxers for the 2016 Olympics in Rio and at the same time help with the revival of the sport in Fiji.

"The two coaches will come here and first see where they can start off from, what they need from us and also see what we have and what we need.

"While here, they will train our boxers for competition and also train our coaches and officials.

"Later we may see boxers coming here to train and fight with some of our boxers," he said.