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Published:Thursday | December 11, 2014 | 12:00 AM
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National Boxing Championships

start tonight

Fifty of Jamaica's leading amateur boxers from nine gyms will trade punches over three nights of competition, starting tonight, in the National Senior Boxing Championships, promoted by the Jamaica Boxing Board of Control. The venue will be the Stanley Couch Gym on Victoria Avenue in Kingston, and action starts at 7 p.m.

The participating gyms are Stanley Couch, the defending champions, Bruising, Heavy Metal, Sugar Olympic, Boys' Town, Jamaica Defence Force, St Thomas, G.C. Foster and Tiger. The weigh-in and medical examinations take place this morning at Stanley Couch Gym, starting at 8 p.m.

Competition is expected to be keen all three nights, and the most competitive weight classes will undoubtedly be the welterweight and middleweight divisions.

Among those competing will be defending champion Kaestna Davis and former champions Shawn Wheatle and Camion Goldson.

The middleweight division will also be competitive, with Michael Gardener and Jonathan Hanson in the line-up, and among the super heavyweight boxers are Dukey Rowe and AndrĂˆ Reid.

JADCO, JMDA sign MOU

The Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) and the Jamaica Medical Doctors' Association (JMDA) have signed a two-year memorandum of understanding (MOU) that will enable athletes and their support personnel to learn about the health consequences of doping directly from medical practitioners.

The agreement, which was signed on Monday, will run through to December 8, 2016.

"We look forward to partnering with the JMDA to empower athletes and their support personnel. JADCO's public education programme includes information on banned substances and methods on the WADA Prohibited List, and we believe medical practitioners are the best persons to deliver this information to athletes and their support personnel," said Carey Brown, executive director of JADCO.

He added: "Our athletes will benefit extensively from the expertise of the doctors, and the partnership will prove to be mutually beneficial for both JADCO and the JMDA."

Dr Alfred Dawes, president of the JMDA, said: "JADCO has been doing an excellent job with respect to educating local athletes about banned substances. We look forward to strengthening this programme by providing our expertise as doctors to aid in this effort."

As a result of this partnership, members of the JMDA will make presentations about banned substances, on behalf of JADCO, at workshops held across the island.