Manila to host WBC confab

October 08, 2018
World Boxing Council
Top WBC officials discuss important matters during their annual convention in Kiev, Ukraine recently. Photo courtesy of GAB

THE World Boxing Council (WBC) fully recognizes the organizational skills and world-class hospitality of the Philippines.

The 56th WBC Convention held in Kiev, Ukraine yesterday unanimously awarded the hosting of the WBC Women’s Convention and two other major international boxing events to the Philippines, thru the Games and Amusement Board (GAB).

The WBC Women’s Convention is  scheduled.on  Nov. 17-19 at  the  Philippine International Convention Center (PICC).

No  less than WBC Chairman Mauricio Sulaiman  informed  GAB Chairman  Abraham “Baham” Mitra about  the  decision to  hold the women’s convention to Manila.

The convention  was originally scheduled to be held in Culiacan, Mexico.

“Natutuwa po tayo sa tiwalang ibinigay  sa atin  ng WBC. Isa po itong  malaking  karangalan para sa ating bansa.This is another boxing  history for us,”Mitra told People’s Tonight in a message from Kiev.

“The WBC women's convention will ge attended by representatives from different countries from Europe,  America and Asia,” explained Mitra, who was also selected as International Secretary during the WBC convention.

Among those confirmed to attend are  Sulaiman and other top officials of the WBC,  considered as the biggest boxing organization in the world.

Mitra said the WBC Convention will also give the Filipinos the opportunity to personally thank the WBC for choosing GAB as “Commission of the Year” during the 2017 WBC Convention in Baku, Azerbaijan.

“Malaki ang  pasasalamat natin sa WBC dahil kinilala nila ang mga programa na ginawa natin sa GAB  matapos tayong mailagay dito  ni  President  Duterte kasama  sina Commissioners Mar at Eduard,”  said Mitra.

“Actually,  yung free medical program natin para sa ating mga boxers at licensed professional athletes ay iminungkahi ng WBC na gawing template ng ibang miyembrong bansa,” added Mitra,  referring to the agreement of GAB with the Department of Health.

“Sa plano po, there would be a WBC Asia Awards Night as well as the OPBF annual meeting. Also, medical lectures, seminars for ring officials, boxing clinics by experts, plus gala dinners and Corregidor tours, “  explained.

“In addition, our  orphanages would receive contributions by the  organization under WBC Cares program.”