A conversation with the President of the Serbian Boxing Federation, Nenad Borovcanin25 October 2017
After Erdei Zsolt, another champion of the ring rises at the vertices of a National Boxing Federation: Nenad Borovcanin is the new President of the Serbian Boxing Federation
How is boxing in Serbia in the last years?
Boxing in Serbia these days is, I would say, in deep knock down. Our federation is suspended from Ministry of Sport for already four years, and we are facing very difficult period for our sport. But, I will use the famos quote from the Rocky movie: It doesn’t metter how hard you can get hit, what is important is to get up and continue fighting! Until the end of the year we are going to solve all the problems, and move forward with the new and promising strategy. We believe that better days are coming for boxing in Serbia.
Which are the plans for the Olympic Cycle 2017/2020?
We want to improve boxing in Serbia through many diferent aspects. We will try to make our sport more interesting for younger generations, to conduct constantly education of coaches and officials, to compete at international level as often as we can. We are planing big campagne to make boxing more popular, creating our national boxing league supported by regional television, development of the national elite team, and at the end we want to participate in Tokio 2020.
After opening the AIBA to professional boxing, how will you improve this area?
I think it’s good for boxing. Our athletes have a biger choice now. They have oportunity to try pro boxing and still compete as a AOB boxers. I also think that all elite men bouts should be without t-shirts, just like in WSB and APB. That would make boxing much more popular.
In that way we can easier find sponsors, make the television more interested for AOB boxing as long as spectators.
How are the dealing with the fight against doping? With what measures?
In cooperation with our national anti doping agency, we are going to conduct doping controls at the competitions. We are going to inform our athletes and coaches about banned substances and try to educate them regarding this issue. Our message is: Be healthy, play fair!
From 22nd to 26th of November, in Belgrade will be held the 60th jubilee International tournament “Golden Glove”. What do you expect from this tournament?
Golden Glove tournament is going to be organised at very high level this year. That is something very important for us since this will be 60th jubilee edition. We have a strong local organizing comitee with a major of Belgrade as a chair person. The tournament will be held in Belgrade Arena, and the finals will be broadcast on TV Sportklub, a station that covers all countries of former Yugoslavia. We are looking forward to host all our guests from boxing family, as long as AIBA and EUBC leaders, show them all our hospitality and make this tournament unforgettable.
Which are the best boxers who can earn a place for Tokyo 2020?
I belive in young boxers, like Djordje Bujisic and other talents. Certainly its job for selector and trainers, and my task is to provide conditions for training and participation in tournaments.
Nenad Borovcanin: his history
Date of birth: 25.3.1979.
Place of birth: Loznica, Serbia
Education: Graduated lawyer, Master of Economics
1986-1994 Elementary school “Anto Bogicevic” Loznica
1994-1998 Gymnasium “Vuk Karadzic” Loznica
Faculty of Public Administration – graduated lawyer, Megatrend University, Belgrade
Faculty of Business Studies – Master of Economics, John Naisbitt University
- Deputy President of Stari Grad Municipality, Belgrade
- State Secretary, Ministry of Youth and Sports
- Marketing company Mark Agency d.o.o. (Director)
- Company Vitinka, Banja Luka, sales coordinator and marketing and sales coordinator
- City Pools “Lagator” Loznica, (Director)
- Coordinator-volunteer of the humanitarian organization “All Children of the World” – Banja Luka
- member of the British-Serbian Chamber of Commerce
- The best athletes in Loznica municipality in 2000
- Plaque of the City of Loznica “For years of dedicated and persevering work and creative contribution in the elimination of permanent social values”
- Gold plaque of the Municipality of Sokolac
- Recognition of the Government of Republika Srpska and Glas Srpske “Sport Ambassador of Republika Srpska”
- Member “East-West Bridge”