WELSH BOXING BREAK SILENCE

Following BoxingWales‘ #YESFORKEV campaign which was supported by 700 people, Welsh Boxing have broken their silence to comment on the omission of Kevin Evans for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.  Welsh Boxing Official Statement: “Kevin’s amateur boxing history speaks for itself. He is hugely respected, not only in Wales, but worldwide as an excellent boxer. He is one of Wales’ greats and we are grateful for his years of dedication and service to the sport in Wales. As with every major Games Welsh Boxing has had to adhere to a nomination and selection process. For the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games 13 weight categories have been included; for the first time ever women’s boxing will be represented in three categories and men’s in ten. Welsh Boxing has been allocated 11 athlete places meaning that difficult decisions have had to be made to not take forward boxers in two of those weight categories. Kevin retired from amateur boxing in 2010 after the Delhi Commonwealth games, he then returned in March 2014 to box twice in the Welsh Championships and encountered two large changes in boxing – the scoring system and the removal of head guards. Kevin has publically stated he would not want to take a place from another boxer, but as we are faced with taking 11 out of 13 weights this would be the case if we had nominated Kevin. At this stage the team has been nominated by Welsh Boxing; no official selection has taken place. The Commonwealth Games Council for Wales will officially select the team during the early part of May 2014.” Look below for BoxingWales‘ full coverage of the Kevin Evans situation: April 9th – EVANS NOT SELECTED FOR COMMONWEALTHS April 13th – PUBLIC VOTE TO END EVANS INJUSTICE April 16th – WELSH BOXING BLANK THE PUBLIC  

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