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Feb 18, 2015

Is There Turmoil Brewing Within the Belize Boxing Federation?

The dust seems to have settled at the Belize Body Building and Fitness Federation, but over at the Belize Boxing Federation, a storm is in the making.  Former member of the Belize Boxing Federation, Asad Martinez, says that the federation isn’t functional and it has failed the athletes. Martinez believes that there are critical elements missing within the leadership of the boxing federation and that it is stunting the development of the sport in Belize. He stopped by News Five studios to air his concerns.

 

Asad Martinez, Coach, Cayo Lion’s Den

“It’s not the lack of finances that’s making us not progressive; it’s the lack of leadership within the body. No targeting Moses Sulph because he is the president, but the issue is if you don’t have inherent nature as a leader, not matter what intellect you have, inherent leadership comes as that Allah bestow on humans. Not that I have something against him, but boxing is an Olympic sport but it is at the lowest level in our country.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“We’re talking about it here in the media, don’t you feel that maybe this is something that the federation needs to address internally? Why hasn’t it been addressed as yet?”

 

Asad Martinez

Asad Martinez

“We spoke with Patrick Henry, who is at the Sports Council, me and Moses Sulph. My position is that since the federation is fragmented, we never make a quorum and I told them that it is just sensible that we just dissolve and have a re-election and hopefully we can appoint or process a vote of more conscientious people. I told Moses maybe there may be someone better than me or someone better than him. It shouldn’t be our concerns whether we there or not, it’s what we do.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“What’s the impact you’d say it’s having on the athletes?”

 

Asad Martinez

“The impact it is having on the young people is that they are becoming frustrated. They have the aspiration to be successful in the sport and they would say, ‘Coach, mien, nothing di happen.’ We have to make something happen for these young people. Sports is an industry and in this country we need to develop as far as understanding that.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Tell us, how are the internal conflicts at the Federation translating and affecting you?”

 

Gilbert Sandino

Gilbert Sandino, Athlete

“Well, first of all, I agree with my coach about what he is speaking right now. I agree about everything. He is giving me the opportunity to train and get better. I am going to perform in Mexico because those people are always training and work together to get better. I think we have to work together to get boxing bigger and right now I am going to represent Belize and so I am working for that.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“So, you have a match coming up; tell us a little about that?”

 

Gilbert Sandino

“Well, my friend from Cancun invited me to go over there because that’s where I first performed in December and we did good, me and my friend. So we are going over there and right now we are on the news to tell people that we are starting to develop professional.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“When is this match going to take place?”

 

Gilbert Sandino

“It’s going to be end of this month on the twenty-eighth in Cancun at the Gran Oasis. So we expect good performance. I feel confident enough and excited.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“You trained enough?”

 

Gilbert Sandino

“Oh yes, a lot. It teaches me a lot of discipline, physical and emotional. So I feel really, really good.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Do you know who your opponent will be?”

 

Gilbert Sandino

“Right now, no.”

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