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The Standard September 14 to 20 2014 29

Boxing control

board statutes

archaic

NatioNal Boxing Control Board shall not

“register any person as a boxer or a wrestler

who is not of the male sex.”

World Boxing Council International and All Africa welterweight champion Charles Manyuchi (centre).

By Michael Kariati

The Zimbabwe National

Boxing and Wrestling Control

Board is living in the

past with an archaic act that does

not recognise females as professional

boxers.

The law was enacted in 1956

and has not been amended

since then. Chapter 8 section

(11) of the Zimbabwe National

Boxing and Wrestling Act says

that the Zimbabwe National

Boxing Control Board shall not

“register any person as a boxer

or a wrestler who is not of the

male sex.”

Standardsport has a copy of

the act which does not in any way

refer to females in any of its contents

as outlined by the power of

registration.

The board is empowered to issue

certificates of registration

authorising any person who has

been registered as a boxer or

wrestler to take part in tournaments

in the capacity in which

he has been so registered,” reads

the act.

The vice-president of the Zimbabwe

National Boxing and

Wrestling Control Board Lorraine

Muringi says they have

taken note of the anomaly and

have highlighted the issue with

the ministry of sport that it can

be tabled with the relevant parliamentary

committee for a

change of wording to include female

boxers.

“We have sought advice from

the ministry of sport on how best

we can handle the matter. The issue

will be forwarded to parliament,”

said Muringi.

A legal practitioner said although

the gender discrimination

aspect of the act has fallen

away due to the changes in the

constitution, amendment to the

act needed to be effected by parliament.

There are certain things that

from the outset look very simple

and easy. But changing the wording

of the act to include female

boxers would need a parliamentary

sitting,” said the legal practitioner.

efforts to get clarification from

the chairman of the Parliamentary

Portfolio Committee on education,

Art, Sport, and Culture,

Themba Mliswa, were unsuccessful

as his mobile phone was constantly

not reachable.

Muringi said she was shocked

that the situation had been allowed

to continue like that 34

years after Zimbabwe was admitted

to international sport. She

said despite the act, they had con-

Current boxing board boss Paul Nenjerama

tinued to register female boxers

as they inherited the registration

process from the Richard hondo

led board that had been in office

from 1980 to 2012.

Although there have been limited

female boxing tournaments

in the country, fighters such as

Monalisa Sibanda and Patience

Masitara have become regular

fighters outside the country after

getting clearance from the boxing

controlling board.

In fact, Sibanda went to the extent

of challenging for the world

title but fell short after she was

knocked out in the sixth round

by Zambia’s esther Phiri after

she challenged the latter for her

World International Boxing Association

and World Boxing Organisation

light welterweight titles in

2012.

Although female boxers have

not been very successful on the

international scene, Zimbabwean

boxing in general has had its

fair share of success. Zimbabwe

has a World Boxing Council International

and All Africa welterweight

champion in the form of

Charles Manyuchi.

Gweru-based Langton “Schoolboy”

Tinago won three Commonwealth

titles at three different

weight divisions in the 80s and

was followed by Arifonso Zvenyika

who also won the Commonwealth

flyweight title in 1998.

Prior to that, Zimbabwe had

two All Africa champions in the

form of the late Proud “Kilimanjaro”

Chinembiri in the heavyweight

category and Stix McLoud

in the bantamweight division.

Pamushana High School launches soccer academy

By NyaMBira chivasa

PAMuShANA high School has

scored yet another first by launching

the first ever soccer academy

in Masvingo province.

The school is known for its academic

excellence as well as for excelling

in sporting activities.

The establishment of the soccer

academy came as a result of continued

calls by former students — some

of whom have become renowned

footballers — who believed coming

up with an academy was the only

way to tap and nurture raw talent

that is in abundance in the province.

“Coming up with a football academy

at the school is the way to go.

Funds realised from the academy

will be used to develop soccer at the

school, in the province and the entire

country,” said Gabriel Nyoni,

highlanders Football Club striker,

a former Pamushana high School

student.

Recently, Masvingo province

Youth Games select football team

won gold, beating Bulawayo province

at the 12th edition of the national

event held at Mucheke.

Team Masvingo was under the

It all started at Pamushana High School . . . Highlanders striker Gabriel Nyoni

guidance of Bernard Matenga of

Pamushana high School while former

Warriors gunslinger Agent

sawu guided the Bulawayo province

to the finals as well.

In a statement, the school lamented

that although they had moulded

a number of players into premiership

material and helped them secure

football careers, the school had

benefitted nothing in spite of investing

so much in developing talent.

“A number of families have benefitted

extremely as soon as their

Dream coming true . . . Johnson Madhuku

children moved to greener pastures

as they got development fees whenever

a player joined any club while

the school gets nothing from those

deals.

The school continues to pump

out a lot in this regard to other upcoming

star players,” reads part of

the release.

however, the school has moved a

step further in fulfilling Pamushana

high School headmaster Johnson

Madhuku’s dream of building

a modern multi-purpose sporting

arena at the school. A begging bowl

is already in circulation to raise

funds for the project.

“It is our vision that any benefits,

should they come our way, should

assist the school in the development

of talent for other youths. We

also intend to build a stadium that

meets modern and acceptable football

standards. For all this to be

possible, we need money,” the statement

says.

The school envisages a situation

whereby they would join Division

One as a school and get promoted

into the Premier League.

The Reformed Church in Zimbabwe

establishment also envisaged

being twined with other schools,

soccer academies and clubs abroad

to further develop talent.

The academy is registered with

Zifa. Its establishment came after

realising that the school had

churned out quite a number of soccer

giants into the Zimbabwe Premier

League, the likes of Artwell

Mukandi, hasmania Ziso, Takudzwa

Mahori, Simba Sithole and Gabriel

Nyoni, to name just a few.

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