Esker Boxing Club are calling for a united front as they launch an anti racism campaign.
The ever inventive boxing club officially launched a ‘UNITED TO FIGHT IT – BOXING AGAINST RACISM’ today.
It’s not a complex campaign rather a simple move to show boxing can show solidarity and stand up up together against racism.
Esker have produced an anti-racism logo and are calling for clubs in Ireland and around the world to add their crest to it to display a joint attack on racist behaviour.
The Club released the following statement today:
Esker Boxing Club are delighted to launch their online ‘UNITED TO FIGHT IT – BOXING AGAINST RACISM’ campaign on the week that Irish boxing club’s return to limited training. Irish boxing has a long and proud history of welcoming people of all backgrounds be they ethnic, religious or cultural into their clubs with open arms. Recently we have seen in some sports completely unacceptable online comments on social media where sportspeople are being attacked because of their background. We think it is important for people in the wider community to know of and be aware of the inclusiveness of boxing in Ireland and beyond and we want to send that message out. We have produced a logo and template where boxing clubs, boxers, or boxing supporters can show their support online by adding their name onto the image’
Speaking to Irish-boxing.com Ed Griffin from the club added:
“We just thought with the decision by the football clubs and others to boycott social media this weekend because of racist abuse, that it’s important that people know how inclusive boxing is in Ireland and abroad. It’s not just people of colour, boxing is the one sport in Ireland that has a significant amount of people from the traveling community involved in it at all levels and we feel that that needs to be acknowledged and hopefully this campaign can raise awareness of the good that boxing can do.”
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