Sport and Recreation minister Makhosini Hlongwane yesterday announced a new National Boxing Control Board, with Richard Hondo bouncing back as the chairman, four years after he was shown the exit.
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The appointment is likely to cause a furore in the local boxing fraternity, as Hondo is accused of presiding over the demise of the sport, until it was revived recently.
Hondo, was in charge of the board from 1980 before he was removed by then Sport minister David Coltart in 2013.
However, Hlongwane has appointed him back into office, and he will take charge for the next three years.
In a statement yesterday, Hlongwane said: “The Ministry of Sport and Recreation advises of the appointment of a new Zimbabwe National Boxing Control Board in terms of section 5 of the Boxing and Wrestling Control Act, with effect from January 12, 2017. The new board is mandated to steer the boxing sector for the duration of its tenure with an emphasis on activating and re-organising structures that enable professional boxing to thrive in Zimbabwe, promoting the participation of women in professional boxing, resource mobilisation for the professional boxing sector, raising the profile of professional boxing in Zimbabwe and efficiently assisting boxers, promoters, managers and officials in the discharge of their duties.”
Former Zimbabwe light and middleweight boxer, Mordecai Donga and boxing trainer Thomas Kambuyi have also been roped into the new board.
Environmental Management Agency board chair Zenzo Nsimbi, Stella Motsi and Sipho Helen M’nyamana Rutsate complete the six-member board.
The new board replaces the one that was headed by Paul Nenjerama, whose term expired at the end of the year.