Solomon Islands Boxing Federation SIABF has no affiliation with the International Boxing Association (AIBA) and is yet to be recognized internationally, it has been revealed.
Speaking to RAW SPORTS Boxing coach, Nathan Liolea stressed that there’s a need for the association to partner with the world governing body.
“SIABF needs AIBA partnership in order to be recognised under the boxing governing body worldwide,” Liolea stressed.
“We realize these when participating at the Pacific Mini Games in Vanuatu last year.
He revealed that Solomon Islands boxing had to pay an estimated total of USD $500 for temporary membership and to officiate at the competition.
“We are not qualified under AIBA to officiate in their ring.
He added that the association members must take these into consideration.
“Our boxers need affiliate to undergo courses conducted by AIBA because it is very important for the development of the sport in the country.
AIBA is the sole worldwide governing body for the sport of boxing in all its forms, with 201 Member Federations.
The International Boxing Association works on behalf of all levels of boxing, men and women, to reinvigorate the sport’s grass roots, develop youth and elite boxing and create new opportunities for semi-pro and pro-boxers.
AIBA’s vision for boxing also embraces and adheres to the spirit and values of the Olympic Movement. With these values, AIBA ensures the highest levels of transparent standards including for all of our global competitions, rankings, judging and boxers’ remuneration.
Attempts to contact SIABF President for comments were unsuccessful.