On Target continues its review of national sports associations here in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines that have shown prolonged tolerance and fully embrace delays.
Let the truth be known, the Boxing Association of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines wins the governance cake.
From having no local championships, having few activities, no aggressive membership campaign, no administrative structure, the SVG Boxing Association supports them all and more.
Yes, there have been difficulties in finding a suitable site to erect a boxing ring, as the sport cannot strive and progress without this most important facility.
But as the problems and woes increased, the association was able to gain regular access to the equipment of the International Boxing Association (AIBA).
These intervals of assistance have been associated with some participation in regional and sub-regional boxing championships, as well as an intermittent organization of workshops for grassroots and novice boxers.
However, things turned from bad to worse, as optimism waned, energies drained, staff shifted to more productive efforts as promises of a better dawn for boxing faded. never materialized.
As it has existed for more than a decade, the association is a show for two. As such, only the president – Winston Telesford and his vice president, Junior Assing, were in the administration ring.
Undoubtedly, these two men have sport at heart, despite their faults. Therefore, they cannot be blamed for their passion and commitment to boxing.
Despite things going wrong, Assing, in his capacity as a coach, has performed certain functions and is making sure that the sport has some visibility.
One need only peek under the glass roof of Bishop’s College Kingstown in the afternoon to see Assing training with a few boxers (young and seasoned).
Indeed, it is an act of commitment and perseverance, because in the midst of the bad situation of the sport, it welds.
Besides Assing’s efforts, there are still some boxers who are interested in the sport, even for recreational and fitness purposes.
But this is where it all begins and ends now, because there is no administrative framework, no actors and above all, no orientation.
While everyone would like to admit that in all facets of life there are cycles. But even if we accept this truism, we cannot hold back the fact that boxing, for far too long, has not contributed to the national sporting landscape and to social cohesion.
In listing all the misfortunes, the critical question must be asked: how did sport reach this point of virtual suspension?
Some of the blame must be blamed on Telesford and Assing, as they essentially clung to a non-progressive organization.
Likewise, the successive executives of the national Olympic movement here must be held responsible for the state of affairs relating to the administration of boxing.
We know that efforts have been made to get boxing officials to recover. How far the insistence was is another matter.
The SVG Boxing Association, despite its plethora of pitfalls, including an incomplete executive, no championships, among other displays of governance protocols, have been allowed to be affiliated with the SVG Olympic Committee.
Things came to a head when the SVG Boxing Association was suspended by AIBA during that year. This caused the SVGOC hierarchy to start to be somewhat forceful, or so it may seem.
This punch from AIBA put the association on the web, resulting in its non-attendance at the recent SVGOC Annual General Meeting last month.
Reports that a meeting was recently held with the boxing president to establish the facts of the impact of their AIBA suspension, and the way forward, are steps in the right direction.
There is no point in pouring new wine into an old bottle, because boxing has suffered many bodily blows, so much so that its severe blows have left the sport behind.
The solution for boxing is simple. A whole new approach, a new set of staff and a new commitment.
Inheriting a rotten, dilapidated home is something no one would easily expand into and want to add their asset base to, even more so, to live in.
Regaining the confidence of the public, that of the regional boxing plateau, as well as of the international body, would be a task of Herculean proportions.
Demand is a tall order, but this column is convinced that there are some good men and women who have not thrown in the administrative towel, and are ready to enter the duel to restore pride in boxing. of SVG.
A longer wait would result in a knockout for boxing in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.