(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – USA Boxing’s leadership is currently undertaking major efforts to revamp the program following the well documented performance by the 2012 Olympic boxing team in London. Although the United States’ women produced two medals with middleweight Claressa Shields (Flint, Mich.) winning gold and flyweight Marlen Esparza (Houston, Texas) taking bronze, the organization is working to ensure the medal shutout on the men’s side never happens again for America’s once proud program.
President Dr. Charles Butler and Executive Director Anthony Bartkowski have plans to improve USA Boxing in several areas and the changes will be made from the grassroots level up through the national and international arenas. Their efforts are focused in three key areas: providing valuable education at every level; increasing the safety within USA Boxing; and improving U.S. performances in key international events, including the Olympic Games.
Education is invaluable to improving the performance of not only USA Boxing’s athletes, but also the officials and coaches throughout the country who interact consistently with the boxers. New programs are currently being developed to not only provide critical knowledge to all of the non-athlete constituents, but also increase participation opportunities for high level clinics and key national and international events.
The safety component is extremely important to the future of USA Boxing as a whole, as well as the athletes that tie on the gloves daily in gyms across the country. Improving USA Boxing’s safety statistics and limiting injuries both in training and in competition will not only ensure the athletes are able to compete at their best, but also aid in combatting the rising insurance costs, which have impacted the organization financially.
The performance of U.S. boxers is clearly a key element following the highly publicized performance of the 2012 Olympic Team in London. All of the groups within USA Boxing must come together to return our athletes to the medal stand consistently, and the organization’s leadership is working diligently to create the best possible opportunity and infrastructure to ensure that U.S. athletes are successful. The United States’ always boasts tremendous talent in the sport of amateur boxing, but that has not resulted in success in key international competitions and this must change. Important steps are currently being undertaken to ensure that both U.S. athletes and their personal coaches are prepared for major international events, and that the boxers gain valuable international experience to succeed at the highest levels.
The resurgence of USA Boxing will not be an easy task, but it is one that USA Boxing’s leadership is prepared to tackle and the hard work began immediately following the London Olympics. More news and information on the changes and improvements being made will be forthcoming in the next two weeks so stay tuned.