Cover photo: One of the resource persons, Mr. Razak Oyadiran at the event.
The National Boxing Referees and Judges course which took place at the Nnamdi Azikwe Stadium hall, Enugu took off on Tuesday, 24th August ended on Tuesday, 31st August, 2021 Patmos Media Line Sports can report.
With 35 male and female participants from nine States viz: Abia, Oyo, Imo, Ebonyi, Akwa-Ibom, Bayelsa, Edo, Anambra and Enugu States respectively, the course covered the technical and competition rules of boxing, the ethics and code of conduct as well as the practical technicalities of refereeing and judging in Boxing.
The national course, organized by the Nigeria Boxing Federation was sponsored by Chief Osondu Ogbu, a.k.a. "Old School", the Chairman, Enugu State Boxing Association and a former member of the Nigeria Boxing Federation with Elder Joseph O. Osewa, Mr. Rasak Oyadiran and Mr. Babatunde Laguda, the President, Vice-President and National Secretary of the Nigeria Boxing Referees and Judges Association as facilitators.
Our reporter says lockdowns due to Ghost Mondays and restrictions almost marred the events.
The training programme coincided with the celebration of the first ever AIBA International Boxing Day which took place on Friday, 27th August, 2021. The organizer, participants and facilitators had a break and joined the global event marked with a short lecture presented by the Chairman, NBF National Caretaker Committee, Gen. J O. Ayeni, as well as boxing demonstration by Coaches, boxers, students, administrators and enthusiasts.
The closing ceremony was attended by Enugu State Hon. Commissioner for Youth and Sports and former Enugu State Police PRO who is also the Deputy Chairman, Enugu State Boxing Association.
All the participants performed creditably well in their theoretical and practical assessments having succeeded in their written, oral and practical examinations. They were all presented their proficiency certificates and national boxing Referees/Judges badges accordingly.