Local boxing clubs urged to acquire legal status to foster self-reliance

Vincent Nsengiyumva is one of the elite middleweight category boxers in the country. File.

The local boxing governing body boss, Vicky Kalisa, has advised boxing clubs in the country without legal status to register with Rwanda Governance Board (RGB) in order to operate lawfully and be able to strive for self-reliance. 

Speaking to Times Sport on Wednesday, Kalisa said that clubs ought to register legitimately if they’re to attract sponsorship because “corporate companies prefer working with parties that are registered.”

He highlighted that if boxing clubs registered and started to land partnerships with different companies, it would lead them to financial self-reliance, which could ‘greatly’ contribute to the development of the sport in the country.

Kalisa, who was delighted with the national body acquiring of the legal status from RGB last month, indicated that since the boxing federation is registered, they are willing to help willing clubs get their own registration as far as the process is concerned.

Boxing has been in an awkward for the last four years, and the boxing body is yet to organise a significant championship.

This is in addition to the unending woes stemming from lack of cooperation between clubs and the federation, as well as endless power struggles for the leadership of the body.

This publication understands that, later this month, the boxing body will convene a general assembly with clubs and, among other key items on the agenda, there will be discussions on how they can organise the inaugural national boxing championship this year.

New rules and regulations governing the sport in the country will also be on the menu.

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