Washington, Oct 26(ANI): Amateur boxing in America has been brought to a halt across the United States amid a dispute over controversial remarks made by Hal Adonis, a former president of the sport’s governing body, about child abuse, rape, and homosexuality.
Adonis gave an interview earlier this year in which he declared that being abused as an infant provided a perfect preparation for a career in women’s boxing.
“Half of our girls have been molested, half of our girls are gay,” the Independent quoted Adonis, as saying to a magazine.
“When kids call me up, I say: ‘Let me ask you an honest question: have your parents ever hit you?’ If they say no, I say: ‘I don’t think you belong in boxing,’” He added.
The remarks saw Adonis sacked, but the USA Boxing has refused a subsequent request from the International Boxing Association (AIBA), the sport’s global governing body, to remove him completely from its board of directors.
The AIBA has announced it was therefore suspending USA Boxing for three months, meaning all amateur-boxing events across the country will be cancelled.
It also means that the nation’s amateur-boxing clubs will temporarily lose their insurance and must therefore suspend all activities.
In a statement about the suspension, the AIBA said: “By failing to remove Mr Adonis from the USA Boxing board of directors when it had the chance to do so, USA Boxing, in essence, endorsed Mr Adonis’s statements and sent out a message that such behaviour was acceptable.” (ANI)