Press Release– The St. Lucia Boxing Association (SLBA) joins other boxing associations in the Caribbean in extending warm greetings to Steve Ninvalle, President of the Guyana Boxing Association (GBA), who was recently appointed the new Director of Sport in Guyana.
Ninvalle was appointed by a six-member National Sports Commission (NSC) which met on Sunday, May 30, 2021, and in consultation with the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport, Charles Ramson Jr. His appointment was among the first orders of business by the Commission which was appointed by the Government of Guyana on May 20, 2021.
Ninvalle’s appointed was unanimous based on his stellar contributions to sport over the years in Guyana and the Caribbean.
A former sports journalist and parliamentary secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport in Guyana, Ninvalle has been involved with sports since 1993. He is an award-winning administrator known for transforming amateur boxing in Guyana and the region.
Ninvalle previously served as Chairman of the Caribbean Boxing Steering Committee from 2019 until his resignation in October 2020. He was also the first Caribbean Executive Committee Member of the International Boxing Association (AIBA), elected in 2014. Three years later, he was elevated to the Executive Bureau of AIBA before assuming the position of Chairman of AIBA’s Youth Commission in February 2019. During that period, he was also elected Vice-President of the Americas Boxing Confederation (AMBC).
The NSC comprises Kashif Muhammad (Chairman), Bissoondyal Singh, Cristy Campbell, Dellon Davidson, Phillip Fernandes and Cheteram Ramdial. Its functions include promoting sports and its organisation by all available methods, including the making of grants; providing for the establishment, erection and maintenance of sporting and other recreational facilities; and advising the Minister on development and promotion of sports generally.
President of the St. Lucia Boxing Association, David “Shakes” Christopher, expressed congratulatory remarks to Ninvalle, with whom he shares a close relationship through sports.
“Congratulations to my brother Steve Ninvalle on his new appointment,” Christopher said moments after Ninvalle’s appointment was published in Guyana on Sunday. “May God give him the strength, wisdom and passion to serve all sportsmen and sportswomen in Guyana and the region as Director of Sport. Congrats again and you have the support of the boxing family within the region.”