WELCOME TO JEJU, KOREA IN 2009
By Dr. Allan Recto
13 Nov 2008
WBC President Don Jose Sulaiman (c) and Korean representatives sign agreement for next 2009 WBC Convention in Jeju, South Korea during Awards Night in China. (Photo by Dr. Allan Recto).
Chengdu, China (Nov. 6, 2008) – At the WBC 46th Annual World Convention morning session, Governor Kim Tae-Hwan of Jeju Special Self-Governing Province of Korea sent this invitation message thru his representatives from the Tourism, Sports Industry and Korean Boxing Commissions. The transcript of his speech as delivered to the General Assembly during the Promoters and Commission Meeting at the JinJiang Hotel is as follows:
Honorable WBC President Jose Sulaiman Chagnon, WBC Executives, Ladies and Gentleman:
I would like to express my great gratitude to all of your contribution to the world boxing community. I would like to express deepest thanks and appreciation to all of your support of developing World Boxing. Congratulations on the Opening of the 46th WBC World Convention here in Chengdu, China.
As I reported at the 45th convention in Manila, Jeju is doing its best to prepare the 47th WBC World Convention 2009. My honorable Ladies and Gentlemen! Jeju is the World Peace Island as well. Peace, itself, is our sportsmen’s ultimate goal to achieve. And Jeju has held more than 240 international sports events such as 2002 FIFA World Cup, 2003 World Junior Boxing Championship, 2007 FIFA under-17 World Cup, etc.
Korean delegation delivered message of invitation from Governor Kim Tae-Hwan of Jeju during morning’s session (Photo by Dr. Allan Recto).
On top of that, Jeju has a full range of experience to hold international conventions including summit meetings between US, China and Japan and International conventions as UCLG World Congress. Therefore, Jeju can be said to be a best venue for WBC World Convention. My honorable Ladies and Gentlemen! I would like to invite you to Jeju Special Self-Governing Province in November 2009. You will be greatly welcomed by Jeju People and be impressed with Jeju Free International City where you can find beautiful landscape and unique culture.
I wish the 47th WBC World Convention would be an opportunity for you to encourage human harmony and friendship as well as share fair play spirit. I am looking forward to seeing you on Jeju in November 2009. Thank you.
Golden Boy Promotions’ VP & Matchmaker Eric Gomez, WBC featherweight champ Oscar Larios, Don King w/ assistant and Promoter Dino Duva present among audience during the meeting. (Photo by Dr. Allan Recto)
During the promoters meeting, sanction fees and mandatory defenses were discussed. Kelly Pavlik, Manny Pacquiao and Humberto Soto were required to pay fees within 15 days otherwise they will be stripped off their current titles/ belts respectively as approved by the WBC Board of Governors. Those present in the general assembly donated monies amounting to $ 32,500 voluntarily as funds for Mexican Boxer Daniel Aguillon’s family who expired 5 days later in the hospital after being KO’ed in his fight last Oct. 20, 2008 in Mexico City. "The fight was supported by the WBC and therefore our priority is to help the family so they do not go through financial trouble," WBC executive secretary Mauricio Sulaiman stated. "The WBC, the promoters and all the people around boxing are committed to donate money to Aguillon's widow and children."
Sycuan Promotions Sean Gibbons, International Matchmaker/ Promoter Samson Lewkowicz, Promoter Gary Shaw among participants. (Photo by Dr. Allan Recto)
Panda Bears like above can be found in Chengdu making it a famous tourist destination aside from their ancient city. (Photo by Dr. Allan Recto)
WBC Chief of Staff Ernesto DeSaro with WBC representatives/delegates having a good time in ancient city of Chengdu, China. (Photo by Dr. Allan Recto)
During the WBC Annual Awards Night 2008, the following representatives were among those appreciated:
Mr. Qin Wenlin: Annual Award of Commendation (convention host)
Douglas and Edith Belton: Boxing Couple of the Year
Japan Boxing Commission: Commission of the Year
Tsuyoshi Yasukochi: Commissioner of the Year
Ed Pearson: Committee Chairman of the Year
Claude Jackson: Committee Member of the Year
Alberto Guerra: Confederation Officer of the Year
General Kovid Bhakdibhumi: Confederation President of the Year
Dr. Pedro Sequeira, also a Ringside Physician and Pediatrician from Miami, Florida receives Lifetime Achievement Award from WBC President Don Jose Sulaiman Chagnon. (Photo by Dr. Allan Recto)
Mauro Betti: Mister WBC and Frank Quill: Most Valuable Player
Edward Thangarajah: Marvin Kohn Good Fellow Award
Luis Escalona, Joe Dwyer, Joe Koizumi, David Walker: Work Horse Award
Tom Kaczmarek, Ken Morita: Ray Hawkins Judge of the Year
Kenny Bayless, Massimo Barrovecchio: Chuck Hassett Referee of the Year
WBC President’s Special Advisor Salvatore Cherchi of Italy receives the green and gold WBC Belt on behalf of European Boxing Union (EBU) awarded as Best Confederation of the Year with WBC Secretary General Gabriel Penagaricano of Puerto Rico. (R) Photo by Dr. Allan Recto.
OPBF Vice President and GAB Chairman Eric Buhain from the Philippines received award from WBC –“In Honor and Gratitude of being a Great Leader” (Photo by Dr. Allan Recto)
Director Ludo Saenz of Notifight.com from Panama receives Broadcaster Award and being congratulated by WBC Executive Secretary Mauricio Sulaiman. (Photo by Dr. Allan Recto)
The 47th WBC Annual World Convention in 2009 will be held in Jeju, South Korea. Mexico was approved as the site of the convention in 2010, with the city to be named either- Mexico City, Puebla, and Cancun - as possible venues.
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