Boxing regulation fees a knockout blow to sport: promoter
NEW laws governing combat sports could kill the sport of amateur boxing a Ballina based promoter says.
State Boxing League president Denis Magnay said the laws announced by sport and recreation minister Stuart Ayres, in December 2014, would cripple the sport financially.
Mr Magnay said the average cost to promote an amateur tournament was $4000.
"With the amateurs, especially in country areas, if we have a tournament we make very little money out of it," he said.
"Now they want all of these fees out of us."
Everyone involved in the sport, Mr Magnay said, must join the Combat Sports Authority CSA and pay fees, including $480 for promoters, managers and matchmakers, $100 for trainers and timekeepers and $20 for boxers.
Plus all boxers must undergo a serology clearance (blood test) or face a fine of $8800.
Mr Magnay questioned the competency of the CSA.
"The Combat Sports Authority consists of seven people with only one having any background in combat sport, and only a limited knowledge of how it works," he said.
"Plus if an amateur promotion has in excess of 200 ticket sales an extra $400 is payable 21 days in advance."
Mr Magnay said in his 28-year involvement, the amateur sport of boxing had always self-regulated, controlling its own destiny.
"We're dirty at this because we've been doing it for 28-years with no incidents, accidents or criminal activity and they really have no right to do this to us," he said.
"Personally I'm not going to be a promoter anymore after all of this.
"I have to pay $480 and I'm a pensioner who can't afford that."
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But there is still hope for amateur boxers and their sport.
Mr Magnay met with shadow sport and recreation minister, Guy Zangari, who offered support to the combat sporting groups by offering to meet all stakeholders next week in Parliament House in order for a proper consultation process can be recorded and acted upon if found necessary.
"The Combat Sports Authority didn't consult in the true sense of the word, they told us what they'd done and we protested then and there."
A CSA spokesman said with the implementation of the Combat Sports Act 2013, the CSA becomes responsible for regulating both professional and amateur levels of combat sports which closes a regulatory gap and streamlines administrative processes.
"The new legislation provides NSW with a set of clear and consistent rules and regulations for all participants in the fast growing combat sports industry," he said.
"We want only the best operating businesses in NSW, the ones who can demonstrate good governance, strong risk management and are willing to put the health and safety first."