In Summary
  • John Kameta, the BAK President told a press conference at Serani in Mombasa on Tuesday that boxing stands to lose Sh22 million in sponsorship from SportsPesa.
  • Kameta challenged Sports CS Hassan Wario to fulfil the government’s pledge of Sh20m to support boxing made by the minister during the launch of SportPesa’s boxing sponsorship in Mombasa last year.

The Boxing Federation of Kenya (BAK) is threatening to rally other federations to boycott April’s Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, if the government fails to rescind its decision to impose increased taxes on gaming companies.

John Kameta, the BAK President told a press conference at Serani in Mombasa on Tuesday that boxing stands to lose Sh22 million in sponsorship from SportsPesa after the company announced it had withdrawn its sponsorship for the sport following the government’s imposition of a 35 per cent tax on all gaming concerns.

A visibly angry Kameta said it was unfortunate that the government has “decided to ignore sports in total” and wondered what plans the government had for the thousands of youth who were benefiting from different sponsorships.

“I just do not know who advises the President who seems to be completely out of touch with the reality on the ground on how SportPesa, in particular, is spending a fortune on the youth through sponsorship of football, rugby, boxing, to name but a few,” Kameta said.

SLEPING ON THE JOB

He who blamed Sports Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario for “sleeping on the job.”

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