The renaissance in boxing did not happen overnight. It took time, effort, commitment and inspirational leadership of the ABA to bring the game to its present level.
For a sport that has been vilified and maligned by some and adored and revered by others, boxing has risen like the legendary phoenix in Sri Lanka over the past few years. Professional administration, grass-root coaching and international exposure have been the corner stones of this resurgence in boxing, and at the helm of this concerted effort has been a man now synonymous with inspirational leadership – Dian Gomes.
While singing songs of praise to his unparalleled commitment to the sport is the easiest thing to do, Gomes instead shies from self-glorification and speaks of the commitment of his team as the sole reason for the renaissance of “the sport of ballet, in a ring”, as Mohammed Ali once called it.
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