News | Mar 16 2017

Welsh amateur boxing faces losing funding

With less than two year to go until the Commonwealth Games, Sport Wales cannot fund the amateur boxing body due to its corporate governance
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WITH less than two years to go until the Commonwealth Games, the Welsh Amateur Boxing Association faces losing its funding.

“It is with regret that we have written to the Welsh Amateur Boxing Association (WABA) to confirm that we are not currently in a position to consider its funding application for the next financial year, 2017/18,” a spokesperson for Sport Wales said. “Despite progress being made with our support and guidance over the last few years, the Board has in the last few months failed to meet conditions set out by Sport Wales around corporate governance.”

Wales has produced some superb amateur boxers in recent years, European gold medallist Joe Cordina, World silver medallist Andrew Selby and Olympic silver medallist Fred Evans for example. But this is a grim development for Welsh boxing.