?Deceased female boxing champion Jiselle Salandy of T&T was honored by World Boxing Association (WBA) when International boxing officials and delegates from around the world gathered last week at the 88th Annual World Boxing Association International Convention held in Medellin, Columbia.
At the Opening Ceremony and Awards Dinner, Salandy, who died in January in a vehicular accident was hailed at the Dann Carlton Hotel, along with several fallen boxing legends, were honoured by WBA President Gilberto Mendoza. International Promoters and boxing champions from Europe, Asia and the US, including Promoter Don King, boxing legend Roberto Duran, and guest Columbian football star Carlos Valdarama came to witness presentations of the Super-Champion belts to Panamanian boxer Celestino Caballero and Armenian Suzie Kentekian.
Kentikian became the first woman to be inaugurated with a Super-Champion belt following her eleven title defenses in two and-a-half years, and holds the honour that future Super-Champions belt for women is called the Susie Kentikian Belt. T&T's Shivana Inalsingh, who discussed gender specific health and safety issues of female boxers at the WBA Medical Seminar, was congratulated by WBA President Mendoza and appointed to the newly formed World Boxing Association Medical Advisory Female Boxing Committee alongside George Martinez, WBA Female Boxing Committee Chairman and Dr Miriam Gonzalez of Panama. Inalsingh, a clinical integrative reflexologist by profession, has supervised several female boxing cards including championship defenses by the late Salandy discussed the use of breast protection, the issues of female boxers with breast implants and the female athlete triad in female boxers.