IBA’s Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Programme visits the African continent for 1-3 Star R&J Course

May 8th, 2024 / IBA, AFBC

The month of April witnessed the highly anticipated Mandela Boxing Cup 2024, a prestigious event held in Durban, South Africa, to honor the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela. The competition not only celebrated the sport of boxing but also provided a valuable development opportunity for practitioners, including athletes, coaches, and technical officials. Among the participants were referees and judges (R&Js) who took part in the IBA 1-3 Star R&J Course, a key component of the International Boxing Association’s (IBA) Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Programme.

The IBA 1-3 Star R&J Course brought together 24 referees and judges from 12 countries, representing three continents. The majority of participants hailed from African nations such as Botswana, Gabon, Mauritius, Morocco, Namibia, South Africa, Uganda, and Zimbabwe. The course, conducted in three official IBA languages, aimed to provide comprehensive training for R&Js in the African region. Led by a senior cohort of IBA R&J instructors and evaluators, the course offered a unique opportunity for skill enhancement and knowledge sharing.

Sadie Duffy, Chair of the IBA R&J Committee, expressed her satisfaction with the Mandela Boxing Cup, stating, “The competition exceeded expectations with its excellent venue, organization, and outstanding performances from all the boxers. Moreover, it served as a crucial platform for AFBC IBA Referees and Judges to further develop their skills in our sport. I was encouraged by the high standard displayed and the incredible interest shown by all the candidates in advancing their abilities. As the IBA R&J Committee Chair, I am delighted to witness the increasing number of women R&Js from various National Federations. We eagerly anticipate the continuation of our collaboration and development with the African Boxing Confederation (AFBC).”

One of the course participants from Gabon expressed gratitude towards the IBA team, stating, “I would like to sincerely thank the IBA team for providing me with this invaluable development opportunity. The instructors equipped us with comprehensive knowledge that we can utilize not only for ourselves but also for our colleagues at the national level who share the same passion for being referees and judges.”

The IBA’s commitment to the African continent through its CPD Programme and the successful execution of the 1-3 Star R&J Course at the Mandela Boxing Cup highlights the organization’s dedication to fostering growth and excellence in boxing across the region. With a focus on continuous professional development, the IBA aims to empower individuals and strengthen the sport of boxing in Africa.