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Suspension of Mr. Jarred Silverman

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On Wednesday, 22 August 2017 Boxing South Africa received information to the effect that a licensed boxer, Mr. Jarred Silverman, may have committed serious misconduct in terms of the Boxing South Africa Disciplinary Rules. Boxing South Africa immediately commenced investigations into this matter to verify these allegations. Boxing South Africa afforded Mr. Silverman an opportunity to comment on the allegations as well as opportunity to make representation why Boxing South Africa should not suspend him from fighting or participating in any tournament sanctioned by Boxing South Africa pending the outcome of the disciplinary proceedings against him by Boxing South Africa.

After considering all the facts and the representations made by Mr. Silverman, Boxing South Africa decided to suspend Mr. Silverman from fighting or participating in any tournament sanctioned by Boxing South Africa with effect from 31 August 2017. The decision was communicated to Mr. Silverman and he was informed of his rights to review the decision in terms of the Boxing South Africa rules and the law. Mr. Silverman exercised his rights and elected to review the decision. Mr. Silverman’s review application was heard before an independent Arbitrator, Mr. Dennis Sibuyi, in terms of the rules of Boxing South Africa on Thursday, 31 August 2017.

The Arbitrator has now furnished the parties with his ruling. In summary, the Arbitrator upheld Boxing South Africa’s decision to suspend Mr. Silverman from fighting or participating in any tournament sanctioned by Boxing South Africa pending the outcome of the disciplinary proceedings against Mr. Silverman by Boxing South Africa. The Arbitrator emphasised that Boxing South Africa acted lawfully and reasonably in reaching the decision and there were no grounds for the decision to be set aside. However, the Arbitrator was of the view that it was in the interest of fairness, particularly for third parties’ interests, that the suspension be temporarily uplifted to allow Mr. Silverman to fight in a tournament that is scheduled for this weekend on 3 September 2017 and for the suspension to become effective on 4 September 2017. The Arbitrator was of the view that this would prevent any disruptions and effect on third parties who are already in advanced stages of preparing for the tournament.

Mr. Silverman’s suspension from fighting and participating in tournaments sanctioned by Boxing South Africa will, therefore, commence on 4 September 2017 and remain effective until the finalization of the disciplinary proceedings against Mr. Silverman by Boxing South Africa.

Boxing South Africa welcomes the Arbitrator’s ruling to uphold Boxing South Africa’s decision. The Arbitrator’s ruling re-affirms Boxing South Africa’s commitment to upholding the applicable Boxing South Africa rules, the law, and the rights of all licensees of Boxing South Africa

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