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Final round for Norwegian boxing ban. Parliament meets today to decide the fate of professional boxing in Norway. Last year, the Progress Party (FrP) put forward a proposal to legalise the sport, winning support from the Conservatives (H). North Korea and Cuba are the only two other countries that have outlawed professional boxing.

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Final round for Norwegian boxing ban

Published on Tuesday, 15th March, 2011 at 11:02 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Parliament meets today to decide the fate of professional boxing in Norway.

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Last year, the Progress Party (FrP) put forward a proposal to legalise the sport, winning support from the Conservatives (H).

North Korea and Cuba are the only two other countries that have outlawed professional boxing.

Labour (Ap) is against lifting the veto, however, arguing professional boxing can lead to serious injury.

“New reports show it can cause serious brain damage. Consequently, we conclude allowing professional boxing in Norway would be indefensible,” Gunn Karin Gjul, head of Parliament’s Standing Committee on Family and Cultural Affairs, tells NRK.

Professional boxing has been banned for the past 30 years, but kickboxing is not. There are calls for change from the industry.

Frank Robert Walstad, Board Member of the Norwegian Boxing Federation tells The Foreigner “you don’t get smarter by receiving repeated blows to the head”, but argues some other types of sports are more dangerous.

“Norway is the only country in the world that does not allow it for medical reasons. It’s a risk sport, but the mortality and injury rates are higher in other high-impact activities such as motorsports, mountain climbing and scuba diving.”

Nevertheless, Labour has a majority on the committee, and today’s vote will officially be ringing the final bell for professional boxing. Mr Walstad questions the government’s reasons.

“It’s easier not to change legislation. We only have eight professional boxers in Norway out of a population of about 4.5 million. Politicians don’t know much about professional boxing, and I believe they don’t care,” he says.



Published on Tuesday, 15th March, 2011 at 11:02 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: boxingban, norwegianboxingfederation, frankrobertwalstad, gunnkaringjul.





  
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