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BSA deals with TV dates and ratings at symposium

By Bongani Magasela | 2017-07-14 08:52:16.0

Boxing SA's two-day workshop with promoters that took place at the SABC in Auckland Park was a success, according to BSA chief Tsholofelo Lejaka.

"We were able to remind each other about their obligations," said Lejaka, who is understood to have come to the rescue of chief operations officer Cindy Nomo after she had not satisfied the gathering with her responses.

The workshop took place on Tuesday and Wednesday.

BSA has 88 registered promoters but 38 attended the symposium.

The burning issues of live television dates from the national broadcaster and the rating of fighters were also effectively dealt with.

Many promoters were concerned about the criteria used to determine a promoter for live television dates.

That is because the SABC pays a promoter more than R1-million for broadcast rights.

The national broadcaster promised to assist promoters financially going forward. That was welcomed because it will not be possible to spread its promised 12 live television dates a year to all licensed promoters.

Willie Saayman, chairman of the ratings committee, came under adverse scrutiny for the questionable criteria he used to rank boxers. But the man who was accused of being an agent or working for certain boxing stables and promoters has upped his game, if one looks at July's ratings.

Lejaka said the SABC would broadcast the first tournament that would have followed a transparent, competitive bidding process in September.

"They will issue a tender before the end of this month and promoters will be invited to submit their applications. The one promoter who wins the tender will host that tournament in September."

Lejaka added that the forum also put together an interim National Promoters Association, comprised of a representative from each province.