IBA continues staff training with ITO/R&J Instructor Evaluator Course. IBA

The second edition of the course was held at the Asis Boxing Academy in Italy. It brought together 10 candidates with experience both inside and outside the ring. The aim of the initiative was to ensure that employee learning is vital to the growth of the organisation.

The IBA reaffirms its commitment to quality education for all (SDG 4) by promoting opportunities for continuous learning, such as the second edition of the IBA ITO/R&J Instructor Evaluator Course, which concluded on 7 March at the European Boxing Academy in Assisi, Italy.

The course was attended by 10 candidates with extensive experience in and around the ring. They represented 10 countries and three confederations. The course programme consisted of three development modules designed to provide advanced knowledge of the work of International Technical Officials (ITOs) and operational standards both inside and outside the Field of Play (FOP). The focus was on the Referees and Judges Evaluation (R&J) process.

The first module included a description of the role of International Technical Officials, including their main functions, as well as key developments in boxing and recent changes to the IBA Technical and Competition Rules. It included a two-stage practical assessment as well as written and oral examinations.

The courses are designed to professionalise staff in order to achieve collective growth. GETTY IMAGES
The courses are designed to professionalise staff in order to achieve collective growth. GETTY IMAGES

The second compulsory module focused on comprehensive R&J assessment practice, including a digital literacy package to ensure that instructors were up to date with the latest teaching methods. Each candidate was provided with a series of exercises for the referee and judge evaluators.

The third module focused on teaching techniques and skills associated with being a good instructor. Participating in the course has been an enriching educational journey," said course participant Manoj Kumar from India. Through comprehensive modules and practical training, I have delved into the nuances of boxing officiating and gained a deep understanding of the rules, techniques and ethical considerations associated with the role."

Kumar said: "The interactive nature of the course has fostered my growth as a competent referee, judge, evaluator and trainer, coupled with insightful feedback from experienced instructors, Ms Sadie Duffy and Mr John Waith."

10 candidates attended the course in Italy. GETTY IMAGES
10 candidates attended the course in Italy. GETTY IMAGES

He continued: "In addition, the opportunity to share perspectives and experiences with other participants has broadened my horizons and enriched the learning process. As I continue on this journey, I take with me not only newly acquired knowledge and skills, but also a heightened sense of responsibility to uphold the integrity and fairness of the sport."

"I am grateful to the IBA and the Boxing Federation of India for giving me the opportunity to be part of such a dynamic and supportive learning community. I look forward to applying these new learning skills in both my professional and personal capacities to promote boxing at all levels," he concluded. The IBA is grateful to the European Boxing Academy and the Italian Boxing Federation for supporting of the development programmes and providing the facilities.