Boxing SA upset by poor attendance at doping clinic

"Boxers have always said they did not know a thing on doping, so we decided to take it to them," she said.
"Boxers have always said they did not know a thing on doping, so we decided to take it to them," she said.
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Boxing SA (BSA) chief operating officer Cindy Nkomo said she was baffled by the poor attendance on Saturday at Johannesburg Stadium, where the SA Institute for Drug-Free Sport gave clinics on doping.

Nkomo said only 19 licensees attended the workshop, which also dealt with contracts between boxers, managers and promoters.

"Boxers have always said they did not know a thing on doping, so we decided to take it to them," she said.

"We had one boxer out of 202 licensed boxers in Gauteng. We had four trainers, four promoters and three managers. These guys did not bring their boxers and this was a let-down because they claim to have boxers' interests at heart. Some said they do not care what their boxers eat or drink because it is none of their business.

"We made sure the venue was accessible via public transport. At what point are licensees going to meet BSA halfway in its efforts to create an environment to workshop them? What is the role of managers and promoters if they don't bring their boxers to such important workshops?"

Regarding contracts, Nkomo said boxers always complain that they were exploited.

"But still they did not attend when a workshop to address them is organised," she said.

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