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Presidents Column  |  July 2020     
POSTED ON JULY 24, 2020.
BY: WBF PRESIDENT HOWARD GOLDBERG.
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COLUMN   Photo: World Boxing Federation (WBF) President Howard Goldberg.
 
 

As the world continues to battle against the Coronavirus, it is refreshing to see that boxing is trying its hardest to come back in the safest possible manner to ensure that what has happened to the world economy does not fully filter down to the sport we love.

I am not for one second underestimating the devastation caused by this dreadful virus, and of course we have to treat it with care and respect - after all it is a virtually unknown disease and the world continues to try to develop a vaccine to combat the virusís devastation.

I for one, and I would hope that my sentiments are share by at least some of the boxing fraternity, would hope that we do not allow the virus to destroy what is left of the boxing economy around the world. Lets bring boxing back carefully following medical requirements and regulations to the full.

Safety precautions, social distancing, wearing of masks and testing are but a few of the new elements of boxing going forward. Letís allow our boxers, under these strict conditions to pursue their profession and enable them to earn a living doing what they do best.

The good news is that boxing is returning and returning as mentioned under completely different circumstances.

We look forward to our first fight since the lock-down, which will take place in Tanzania mid August, with fights also lined up for France, Germany, Gibraltar and, when permitted, my own South Africa.

It is, however, not a time for complacency but a time for careful and considerate behavior from everyone worldwide. We can, and will, defeat this enemy virus if we work together, consolidate our skills and knowledge, and act responsibly.

Please take care and stay safe.

Until next time, keep punching.

Howard Goldberg

PRESIDENT: World Boxing Federation

 

 
 
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