Magnay claims win in boxing row

DENIS Magnay, of Ballina, has claimed a victory in the decades-long stoush over the administration of boxing in Australia, and is hopeful it will open the door for Australian Amateur Boxing League fighters to try out for Commonwealth Games selection.

Last Saturday, a meeting of Boxing Australia Incorporated (BAI) in Canberra officially dumped the Arthur Tunstall-led committee of Boxing NSW (BNSW).

The decision to disaffiliate BNSW was the culmination of complaints from the Amateur Boxing League and other concerned amateur boxing participants.

Mr Magnay has been leading the charge to clean up the administration of boxing in Australia since the mid 1980s when he, and others, formed the breakaway Australian Amateur Boxing League.

The boxers who went with the breakaway group were then banned from representing Australia.

The BAI called an independent enquiry into the workings of BNSW, held this year in Sydney, and the judiciary recommended to BAI that the committee of BNSW has its membership of BAI terminated

BAI has now incorporated a new organisation in NSW and has asked the Electoral Commission to organise an election to form the new committee under a new constitution.

Mr Magnay said the ramification for BNSW is that they could lose their Government funding, lose rights to have permits to conduct tournaments in NSW and will not be recognised by the Commonwealth Games Association or the Olympic Committee.

Mr Magnay said the Boxing League was now confident that a pathway is being formed for League Boxers to compete in Commonwealth Games trials for next year’s Commonwealth Games.

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