NOVEMBER 13, 2014 By Sahr Morris Jnr
The Sierra Leone Boxing Association (SLBA) and two sister associations in Guinea and Liberia have been barred from participating in the forthcoming International Boxing Association (AIBA) 2014 congress in Jeju, South Korea.
The congress, which will be staged next week in Jeju, is expected to attract national federations in the world, with the exception of the three West African countries. The decision to debar the trio from the congress could be connected to the recent Ebola outbreak which has hit the three countries hard, including eligibility to attend the congress.
According to Around the Rings website, no athletes and officials from Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia will be in Jeju, South Korea, for the AIBA congress, with an AIBA spokesperson quoted to have said that the virus was responsible for the ban, whilst Sierra Leone and Liberia are not eligible.
“We follow the recommendation of the World Health Organization and refused only one country, Guinea, whilst Sierra Leone and Liberia are not eligible to participate in the congress due to their necessary obligations.”
The 2014 AIBA Congress is scheduled for November 13 to 25 and this is the first time in the millennium Sierra Leone will miss out in the Boxing congress.