HK Boxing Association under fire over young fighter’s death
18-year-old should not have been allowed to fight opponent who was four years older, two former officials say
Two former senior officials from the Hong Kong Boxing Association are demanding answers over the death of an 18-year-old boxer in a Hong Kong match two years ago, RTHK reported.
Li Wai-yan, 64.8kg, was mistakenly assigned to the weight category of 69kg in a competition co-hosted by the Hong Kong Boxing Association and the local Olympic Committee in April 2015. He was found unconscious in the changing room after the bout and admitted to hospital, where he died four months later due to pneumonia and a brain hemorrhage.
Li should not have been allowed to fight without a head guard and against an opponent who was four years older, Alex Tsui, the former permanent honorary chairman of the association, said in a media briefing on Tuesday.
The Boxing Association has yet to give a proper account about what happened, Tsui said.
Li should have been enrolled in the Youth Boys category which is designed for male contestants aged between 17 and 18, said James Weng, a former general secretary of the association, citing its regulations.
A report has been filed to the International Boxing Association over the case, said Weng, who added that the Hong Kong Boxing Association should be held responsible for Li’s death due to negligence.
The Hong Kong Boxing Association and the Leisure and Cultural Services Department have yet to reply, according to an Apple Daily report.