ZIMBABWE National Boxing and Wrestling Control Board (ZNBWCB) general secretary, Lawrence Zimbudzana, has implored players in the sport to shun washing dirty linen in public and strive for engagement as a solution to reach common ground in contentious matters.
Zimbudzana was speaking at a ceremony organised to send off Kudakwashe Chiwandire who travels to Zambia this week for a WBC super-bantamweight world contest against Catherine Phiri pencilled in for Saturday.
The farewell function,held at Harare Sports Club,was graced by a senior official in the Ministry of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation, Arthur Mudarikwa, boxers and supporting corporates.
In an emotional delivery, Zimbudzana maintained his office had an open door policy and any parties that felt aggrieved were welcome to seek dialogue.
His remarks came on the back of issues that dominated the week in which a section of the boxing fraternity gave the Sports Ministry an ultimatum to resolve an impasse they alleged had arisen as a result of inaction on the latter’s part. Opting for a non-militant, diplomatic defensive to the impasse, the ZNBWCB general secretary said: “We will not run away from public scrutiny because we are a public entity.
“The spotlight has been cast on boxing over the past few weeks and we have accepted that in a positive way to say if you see people crying, try as much as you can to listen to the reason why they are crying.