OPBF head wants transparency in pro ranks

Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation (OPBF) President Abraham Kahlil “Baham” Mitra wants the OPBF to be more participative and transparent in all its promotions and related events.

This was Mitra’s message during the Gala Dinner and Awards held at the HarBallroom of the Princesa Garden Island Resort and Spa in Puerto Princesa City last Nov. 9.

“I want to encourage each and every member to share with us their ideas and join us in promoting the organization and its activities,” said Mitra, a former elected governor of Palawan Province.

“I want us to work together towards a common goal, that is, the development and promotion of boxing in the entire region and the whole world,” said Mitra.

Mitra is positive with the active participation of the more than 150 in the on-going OPBF annual convention until Nov. 12.

“I have high hopes that we will continue to flourish together,” he said. OPBF started with only three members — Philippines, Japan and Thailand in 1954 as the Oriental Boxing Federation.

It was later named OPBF and it has now increased the number of country-members namely Australia, Fiji, Guam, Hawaii, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Korea, Mongolia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Taiwan, Tonga, Malaysia and China.

Mitra said the increase signifies strength, influence and an assurance of development.

“Together, we will continue to grow as a family, and together we will work as a family,” said Mitra.