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Boxing commission confirms Cuban for coaching job

Arin Kumar
Thursday, May 22, 2014

NEXT year's Pacific Games will be the top agenda for the new boxing coach after his official appointment.

Last week, the Boxing Commission of Fiji confirmed a Cuban will take up the post and they are just waiting for the confirmation from Cuba.

Commission director Malakai Veisamasama said the Pacific Games would set the platform for the other major international events Fiji would participate in.

"Off-course the Pacific Games, Oceania (Championship) and Rio (2016 Olympic Games)," he said.

"Apart from that, grabbing everything including the chum's for a fresh start from him and his country Cuba."

Veisamasama said the coach would need to take the boxers to a whole new level.

"You know the regular competitions that Major Samisoni Kafoa is organising, would have allowed exposure and overcoming stage frights. Building them up for the next stage is top priority."

Three applicants were short-listed and the cheapest of the three would be appointed.

"All I say is he will be the cheapest of all the overseas coaches coming to Fiji."

Meanwhile, Veisamasama has refuted claims made by critics that the coach did not speak English.

"Before agreements were in place, BCF already had its fair share of attacks from intelligent arm chair critics, as to why BCF was going to Cuba because of the language barrier.

"Well, all three short-listed (applicants) speak English."








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