The Ghana Military Academy has held an inter-platoon novices boxing competition for the cadets of Short Service Commission and Special Duties Intake 57 (SSC/SD 57) on Friday 16 August 2019 at the MATS Addico Square in Teshie.
The novices boxing competition which was conducted according to the International Amateur Association (IABA) rules saw all the cadets battling for their various platoons. The Chiringa Platoon emerged as the overall winners with 7 points after 4 bouts with 3 wins and 1 lost. They were closely followed by the Abyssinia and Burma platoons with 6 and 5 points respectively.
The guest of honor, the Director General of Defence Industries Department, Brig Gen Robert Yaw Affram stated that novices boxing is an exercise where the cadet learns to stand his grounds in the face of aggression, to carry on when tired or hurt and to keep his head high when circumstances threaten to overwhelm him.
He noted that the competition is an essential aspect of officer cadet training in military academies globally and therefore no one should consider it unnecessary and more so regard it as undue punishment for the participants.
He said the purpose of the event was not to produce accomplished boxers but to teach them to overcome adversity, fear and pain. He also reiterated the fact that the novices boxing competition was not intended to equip the cadets with skills to visit brutality on innocent civilians but rather they are enjoined to use any such skills to protect the civil populace and also for self defence.
Officer Cadet Appiah and officer Cadet Baah won the gallant loser and best female awards respectively. Officer Cadet Amoah Eboyne was adjudged as the best boxer. All the award winners received certificate of merit, plague and trophies.