On Friday, in the frame of the Directorate Meeting of the World Boxing Association (WBA) taking place at the “Kempinski Marinela Hotel” in Sofia, Bulgaria until next Saturday June 13, 2015, took place the seminar for European judges and referees, and it was a complete success.
The seminar that was attended by dozens of European International officials was conducted by Luis Pabon (Puerto Rico), Gustavo Padilla (Panama) and Raul Caiz Senior (USA).
On Thursday night took place the Gala Dinner for the Directorate Meeting of the World Boxing Association (WBA) taking place at the “Kempinski Marinela Hotel” in Sofia, Bulgaria until next Saturday June 13, 2015. The dinner was chaired by the President of the WBA, Dr. Gilberto Mendoza, and his wife, Elena de Mendoza. Representatives of the local government offered words of gratitude and hospitality. During the course of the banquet, presented a group of folkloric projections of Bulgaria, who danced traditional dances.
The WBA legal adviser, the American Robert Mack, took the podium where he offered words of gratitude on behalf of the WBA.
Among the attending delegates and guests in the dinner, there were the Panamanian four time world champion, Roberto Duran and former world challenger and heavyweight rated boxer, Kubrat Pulev; and the promoters Ricardo Rizzo, Vlad Hrunov, Gary Shaw, Chris Meyer, Greg Cohen, Sauerland, Philippe Fondu y Salvatore Cherchi.
Before the President of le WBA, Dr. Gilberto Mendoza, on Thursday, they reviewed the Treasury and its various committees update, ratings committee, Legal, legislative committee including World Championships submitted by the Vice-President of the WBA, Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, the Medical Committee and the international Officials.
Also the different directors of the regional bodies affiliated to the WBA, including PABA, NABA, PAFBA, Fedelatin, Intercontinental, and female boxing submitted their activity reports, as well as the period balance, plans and projections, among other issues.
Among the attendees there were the Panamanians Miguel Prado and Gustavo Padilla (ratings committee), Colombian Francisco Pina (Administration and Budget Committee), the second vice president of the WBA, Korean Yang Sup Shim, Argentine-Canadian director George Martinez(International and Women’s Championship), Panamanian director Aurelio Fiengo (Fedelatin), the medical director, Dr. Calvin Inalsingh (Trinidad and Tobago), the WBA legal advisor, American Robert Mack, the American adviser, Matt Podgorski, South African director Stanley Christodolou (Hall of Famer) and directors Jose Emilio Graglia (Argentina), Luis Pabon (Puerto Rico), Beate Poeske (Germany, representing Thomas Putz) and Jesper Jensen (Denmark). In addition, the COO, Julio Thyme, and Gilberto Echevarria, the strategic staff of Panama.
At 9:00 am Thursday, took place the opening ceremony of the World Boxing Association Directorate meeting, where the official quorum was veryfied and started the first proceedings related to the services the WBA renders the world of Boxing.
WBA President, Dr. Gilberto Mendoza, shared his words of welcome, the new directorate designations (that will be reporting soon) and some reflections on the non-Deferrable goals of this important conclave of world boxing.
The directors reviewed and approved the minutes of the last meetings (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic), partial Directorate meeting (Tapachula, Chiapas, Mexico). In addition, the list of issues and actions that should be tuned during the next two days of the meeting was detailed.
Afterwards, WBA vice president, Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, addressed the plenary, where he detail the points and members appointed for each of the committees for “Special Tasks” (special goals), including Bylaws Revision Committee, the Rules Revision Committee, a Research on Environmental Threats for Sanction Bodies Committee Marketing opportunities, gloves, and improvements to health and KO Drugs Boxing Festival.
On Wednesday night was held the first formal activity of the Agenda, the “Welcome Cocktail” at the “Silhouette” Hall of the Marinela Hotel, where all the delegates representing more than 40 countries, including directors, promoters, officials, boxing personalities were welcomed by the WBA president himself, Dr. Gilberto Mendoza and the WBA / Europe International Coordinator, the Bulgarian Mariana Borissova, who is also the director hostess, who has organized all the logistics of this global event.
Sofia is the capital and the largest city of the Republic of Bulgaria. With a population of over a million and half of inhabitants, Sofia is located in Western Bulgaria, at the foot of Mount Vitosha, in the Sofia Valley, which is surrounded by mountains in all directions.
One of the oldest and most historical capital of Europe, Sofia adopted its name from the Church of Hagia Sophia, one of the oldest in the city, as a national tribute to the Sophia Martyr Saints, mother of faith, hope and love.
Sofia is the administrative, economic, cultural, transportation, and educational center of Bulgaria. The ancient Sofia is also an important religious center. In addition, Sofia is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Bulgaria, for its museums and monuments, the Cathedral of Alexander Nevsky and the Boyana Church. The Vitosha Boulevard is the main street in the center of Sofia, which contains many shops, restaurants and elegant cafes.