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Friday, December 11, 2020
Bermuda Boxing Federation Wins Appeal Over Suspension

In October, it was revealed that AIBA, the international boxing association which is the world governing body for the sport suspended Bermuda Boxing Federation along with nine other Caribbean countries over what the Americas Boxing Confederation (AMBC) President Osvaldo Bisbal called a "disturbing case" of alleged corruption.

Nathan Dill the Bermuda Boxing Federation President will appear in an interview at 4:15 pm today on www.islandstats.com.

The matter in question was that the Dominican Boxing Federation (FEDOBOXA) had transferred a total of $4,800 to the (AMBC) to cover the dues to AIBA, for; Bermuda, Antigua and Barbuda, Haiti, Suriname, Dominica, Saint Maarten, the US Virgin Islands, and the Bahamas in order for them to be eligible for the upcoming Congress. On December 12th a pivotal election will take place for the fiercely contested position of AIBA president. To a large extent, the future of AIBA and Olympic boxing rests on this election.

The AMBC claimed FEDOBOXA had asked for the source of the money to be covered up as it "requested AMBC to issue an individual receipt to each National Federation”. Bisbal claimed that the AMBC was asked to pretend to have directly received each fee from these nine National Federations. AIBA, therefore, flagged the transactions as election rules state candidates "should in no case and under no pretext give presents or offer donations or gifts or grant advantages or benefits of whatever nature to or at the request of any party who will vote in, or who may otherwise influence, an election".

The Caribbean Steering Committee for boxing, largely supported by Leyla Jackson and Jose Rosario, the Presidents of Cayman Islands Boxing and of the US Virgin Islands Boxing respectively came to the defense of the suspended countries and sent in a unified appeal demanding justice as the countries were suspended without a hearing.

Bermuda was found not guilty of the charges by the AIBA Disciplinary Commission.

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