Shiva, Manoj jump divisions for Boxing Natl starting tomorrow

first_imgGuwahati, Dec 6 (PTI) Accomplished names such as World Championship medallist Shiva Thapa and CWG gold-winner Manoj Kumar will compete in higher weight categories with fresh pool of talent seeking limelight when the much-delayed Mens National Boxing Championship starts here tomorrow. Uncovering new talent would without doubt be the primary aim of the event but not to be missed is the fresh start that some established names would be making. Among the prominent are two-time Olympians Manoj and Shiva, both of whom have decided to go higher. The 29-year-old Manoj, who would be competing for the Railways Sports Promotion Board (RSPB), will be making his debut in the welterweight (69kg) after deciding to jump a division post Rio Olympics. “It was becoming difficult to maintain 64kg and I was picking up injuries in my struggle to maintain weight. So I decided to jump a division,” said Manoj, who defeated Commonwealth Games silver-winner Mandeep Jangra in the Railways trials to book his berth for the Nationals. Another star attraction would be local favourite Shiva, who will be representing Assam after jumping from bantamweight (56kg) to lightweight (60kg). The 22-year-old would be competing in his first event after the opening-round loss at Rio Olympics to eventual gold-medallist Robeisy Ramirez of Cuba. “I have decided to compete in lightweight because after I felt comfortable in this division after hard training. For now, this is only for the Nationals because there wasnt much time at hand to push my body for bantamweight,” Shiva, a world bronze-winner besides being an Asian champion, said. “I will take a call on whether to continue in lightweight after the Nationals. I have been training in Pune to get back in shape because this is my first competition after Rio Olympics,” he added. In all, 33 teams and close to 300 boxers have confirmed participation in the event, the first to be conducted in two years. “Three rings have been put in place in an indoor hall, which is a first for a national event. The preliminaries will be conducted in three rings so that bouts get over in decent time and boxers get enough time for rest and recovery. The semifinals and finals will be held in one ring though, which is a norm in all international events as well,” Assam Boxing Association Secretary Hemanta Kalita told PTI. It would be a comeback of sorts for another Olympian L Devendro Singh, among the best that India has in mens boxing. The diminutive light flyweight boxer from Manipur would be turning up for the Services Sports Control Board (SSCB), his first competitive outing after the heartbreak he endured at the final Asian Olympic Qualifiers in June. The 22-year-old won a bronze medal but missed out on qualifying for the Rio Games after losing a closely-contested box-off. Devendro missing out on an Olympic berth was among the biggest shockers for Indian boxing this year given that he had displayed excellent form in the events leading up to the Games. The National Championships would be an opportunity for him for the Asian Championships silver-medallist to make a fresh start. Among the big names missing in action would be former Asian Games gold-medallist Vikas Krishan, who is training in the United States. PTI PM KHS KHSadvertisementlast_img read more

OSHA Being Reviewed by Chief Parliamentary Counsel

first_imgThe proposed Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) is currently being reviewed by the Chief Parliamentary Counsel (CPC), to amend contents of the draft, based on recommendations from the Attorney General’s office.Labour and Social Security Minister, Hon. Derrick Kellier, who will table the Bill in Parliament, says the review aims to ensure that its provisions conform to stipulated legal requirements, when promulgated.Thereafter, the Minister says, the draft will be submitted to Cabinet’s Legislative Committee for approval and then tabled for the commencement of debates in both Houses of Parliament.The Minister made the announcement while addressing the opening ceremony for a one-day symposium, jointly hosted with the International Labour Organization (ILO), at the Knutsford Court Hotel, New Kingston, on April 26.Mr. Kellier advised that when the Act is promulgated, the Ministry will give consideration to granting a grace period before implementing its provisions. This, he explained, is to facilitate private and public sector stakeholders with the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the legislation and get clarifications, under the guidance of the Ministry’s Occupational Safety and Health Department. “At the end of the period, it is expected that a review of the new legislation will be carried out to adjust and correct any anomalies or disparities that may arise,” the Minister informed.Mr. Kellier said when enacted, the OSHA will put Jamaica on par with its trading partners as well as greatly assist in making the country more competitive and productive globally. “What is (also) important to note is that the Ministry will now have the means…to ensure compliance with our national programme and the international conventions which we support, as signatories. The new and exacting Occupational Safety and Health legislation will enable us to improve working conditions and upgrade the well-being of our workforce,” he underscored. Speaking with JIS News, Minister Kellier said while the Chief Parliamentary Counsel has not advised when his work on the draft will be completed, he is nonetheless optimistic that it will not be delayed. He pointed out that based on the extent of work already undertaken and the “minor issues” that have been identified by the Attorney General’s office, “the CPC should be able to (address them) in short order.”“This is why we are looking to have it completed very soon…very early in this fiscal year. It is the priority Bill on the agenda of the Ministry, and we have been promised that they will leave no stone unturned to let us have it very early,” the Minister said.Mr. Kellier is also optimistic that its passage will not be delayed in either of the Houses of Parliament.“This is an issue that we expect the House to have a very spirited debate on, as well as the Senate, and passage should not be a difficulty. Everyone is (familiar) with the details of it, so it should not take much time,” he said.“I can, therefore, say with some degree of confidence, that I remain very hopeful that it will be concluded early during this legislative year. This piece of legislation is far too important to our productive future to be subjected to any undue sense of inaction,” Mr. Kellier said.The symposium, which was held under the theme: ‘The OSH Act for Jamaica, Making Work Safer, Healthier and More Productive. Are You Ready?’, is the main activity to mark Jamaica’s commemoration of World Day for Safety and Health at Work, being observed on Sunday, April 28. By Douglas McIntosh, JIS Reporterlast_img read more