AIBA bans Tanzania indefinitely
The Boxing Federation of Tanzania (BFT) has been suspended indefinitely by the world governing body, the Amateur International Boxing Associations (AIBA).
Former BFT vice president Chris Muta said yesterday that the body was banned following a drug trafficking charge facing some of the body’s officials and boxers.
Muta appealed to National Sports Council (NSC) to appoint in interim committee which would lead the body for two years to replace the executive committee which resigned recently because of the same allegations.
He said that the body had already informed top sports organs such as Tanzania Olympic Committee and the Ministry of Information, Culture and Sports about the ban.
“The interim committee will work hard to lift the ban or else we may be banned for five years,“ Muta said.
BFT president Shaaban Mintanga is facing drug trafficking charges.
Mintanga is charged that on June 3, this year, at unknown place, the accused with others not in court, conspired to traffic narcotic drugs weighing 4.8kg from Tanzania to Mauritius.
In the second count, it was alleged that on June 10, this year, the accused did traffic the said drugs to Mauritius.
Boxer Patrick Emillian and coach Nasoro Michael are held in Mauritius on the same allegations.
- SOURCE: Guardian