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Presidents Column  |  December 2020     
POSTED ON DECEMBER 22, 2020.
BY: WBF PRESIDENT HOWARD GOLDBERG.
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COLUMN   Photo: World Boxing Federation (WBF) President Howard Goldberg.
 
 

As we come to the end of a turbulent and forgettable 2020, amid a second wave of Covid-19, we have to look towards 2021 with a positive and energetic attitude and with a prayer that the world might soon restore itself into something we once knew, loved and admired.

The virus has virtually put the brakes on to the world except for one vital obstacle in its destructive path - that of human resilience and courage.

We have fought back, and while we still remain wary and conscious of the deadly virus there is clearly light at the end of the tunnel. Vaccines have already been rolled out in certain countries while it is probable that 2021 will see most countries having access or part access to certain vaccines.

I would like to, on behalf of the WBF, thank all the front line workers, who have put their lives on the line, for their incredible sacrifice.

On the WBF front, after a blackout of almost 8 months, boxing has returned, albeit differently to the past - but returned it has!

Several events in Europe have been postponed but rescheduled for early next year, similarly in the United States and Mexico.

Africa has already had a few shows, those taking place in South Africa, Tanzania and Botswana.

Eddie Marshall and I head out on Wednesday to Nigeria where we have two WBF shows on 27 December and 1 January.

In addition we have shows lined up next year again in Tanzania and also in Botswana, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Zambia and South Africa.

To our WBF family members, particular our officials - I thank you for your patience and understanding and can assure you that 2021 will be a better and busier year as we continue to open up new countries.

We will, even though we had a reduced number of fights this year, announce certain award winners for 2020 early next month.

To the WBF team in its entirety, I wish you a merry Christmas and a truly wonderful, happy, safe and prosperous new year - and thank you for your support and commitment.

I look forward to the day we can have another Convention (possibly even in Cape Town) where we can sit down face to face, smile to smile, and have a drink together without masks and with joy and happiness.

I wish you all the best, and take care.

Until next time, keep punching.

Howard Goldberg

PRESIDENT: World Boxing Federation

 

 
 
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