For Immediate Release:

Amateur Boxing a Safer Sport: Introduction of New Screening Policy

Boxing Ontario, the governing body for amateur boxing in Ontario, is pleased to announce the implementation of its new screening policy, effective June 23, 2004.  This initiative is a result of the association’s continued efforts to make amateur boxing a safe and healthy environment for all of its athletes and members.

A screening taskforce was established last year to gather information, seek expert and legal advice, and create a leading edge policy in the field of volunteer screening.  The doctrine places Boxing Ontario amongst an elite group of Provincial Sport Organizations that mandate safety screening.Included in the policy is the regulation of police record checks for all Boxing Ontario Staff, Board Members, Regional Executive Committee Members, Coaches, and Officials.

The screening policy is only the latest installment of an extensive Governance Audit by Boxing Ontario.  The association has ushered in a new Constitution, new By-Laws, new Safety Coordinator, and conduct policies such as Code of Conduct, Discipline, Conflict of Interest, Appeals, and Alternative Dispute Resolution.  To further solidify its continued commitment to a safe sport environment Boxing Ontario is announcing the creation of a Risk Management Committee that will assess risk factors in the sport on an ongoing basis.  The Committee will feature 7 members from across the province who will strive to expand the screening policy and help make amateur boxing an even safer sport.