Acting Youth, Sport and Child Development minister Vincent Mwale, was on 14 July, 2017 at the OYDC to officially launch the 2017 AIBA Year of Africa and GloveUps programme.
The minister expressed happiness that AIBA chose Zambia to host the programme which he said would equip coaches, judges, and referees with boxing skills.
The minister who was accompanied by permanent secretary in the ministry of Sport Agnes Musunga, also took time to tour the AIBA truck.
And AIBA Year of Africa Project Manager, Jean Jerome Perrin-Mortier, said Zambia has the potential to showcase boxing skills.
He added that the programme was tailored to the grass-roots engagement of future boxers, coaches, ITOs/NTOs, R&Js and National Federation staff.
Meanwhile, Zambia Boxing Federation, President Kenneday Mubita, said it was gratifying and motivating that the truck touched the Zambia soil which also helped the federation to raise the boxing standards in the country.
And Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC) Director Clement Chileshe, says the Centre will continue to work with AIBA and ZBF to improve boxing standards in the country adding that he wants to see more boxers mint gold at competitive tournaments.