CHAPTER 156
PROFESSIONAL BOXING AND WRESTLING CONTROL ACT

Arrangement of Sections

   Section

   1.   Short title

   2.   Interpretation

   3.   Establishment of Zambia Professional Boxing Control Board and Zambia Professional Wrestling Control Board

   4.   Objects of Board

   5.   Constitution of Board

   6.   Tenure of office, vacancies and remuneration of members of Board

   7.   Meetings and quorum

   8.   Application for registration

   9.   Powers of Board

   10.   Regulations

   11.   Funds of Board

   12.   Annual report and financial statement

   13.   Tournaments to be authorised

   14.   Boxers, wrestlers, officials, managers and promoters to be registered

   15.   Boxing or wrestling contests or exhibitions may be stopped or forbidden

   16.   Offences and penalties

AN ACT

to provide for the establishment of a Zambia Professional Boxing Control Board and the Zambia Professional Boxing and Wrestling Control Board; to define their objects; to prescribe their powers, duties and functions; and to provide for matters incidental to the foregoing.

[Am by s 2 of Act 33 of 2010.]

[1st October, 1962]

Act 37 of 1961,

Act 33 of 2010,

GN 497 of 1964.

1.   Short title

This Act may be cited as the Professional Boxing and Wrestling Control Act.

2.   Interpretation

In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires—

“Board” means the Zambia Professional Boxing and Wrestling Control Board under section 3.

[Subs by s 3 of Act 33 of 2010.]

“boxer” means a person who engages in boxing for gain;

“manager” means any person to whom a certificate of registration has been issued under sub-section (1)(c)(ii) of section 9;

“official” means any referee, judge, timekeeper, assistant timekeeper, announcer, second or ringmaster to whom a certificate as such has been issued under sub-section (1)(c)(i) of section 9;

“promoter” means any person to whom a certificate of registration as a promoter has been issued under sub-section (1)(c)(iii) of section 9;

“tournament” means any function to which members of the public have access, whether on payment of a charge for admission or not, and at which two or more persons engage in boxing or wrestling for gain, whether by way of competition, exhibition or otherwise;

“wrestler” means a person who engages in wrestling for gain.

3.   Establishment of Zambia Professional Boxing and Wrestling Control Board

There is hereby established the Zambia Professional Boxing and Wrestling Control Board, which shall be body corporate with perpetual succession and common seal, capable of suing and of being sued in its corporate name and with power, subject to the provision of this Acts, to do all such acts and things as a body corporate may,by law, do or perform.

[S 3 subs by s 4 of Act 33 of 2010.]

4.   Objects of Board

The objects of the Board are to regulate, control and exercise general supervision over professional boxing or wrestling at tournaments within or outside Zambia with a view to the elimination of undesirable practices and the protection of the interests of boxers, wrestlers, promoters, officials and the public generally.

[S 4 am by s 5 of Act 33 of 2010.]

5.   Constitution of Board

The Board shall consist of five members appointed by the Minister of whom one shall be designated by the Minister as chairman.

6.   Tenure of office, vacancies and remuneration of members of Board

   (1) The chairman of the Board shall hold office for such period, and any other member of the Board for such period, not exceeding five years, as the Minister may determine at the time of the appointments:

[S 6(1) am by s 6 of Act 33 of 2010.]

Provided that the Minister may at any time remove from his office any member of the Board—

      (a)   who has, by oneself, directly or indirectly or through the member’s spouse, partner or business associate, any financial interest in boxing or wrestling at tournaments;

[S 6(1)(a) subs by s 6 of Act 33 of 2010.]

      (b)   if he is adjudged bankrupt;

      (c)   if he becomes of unsound mind;

      (d)   if he is convicted of an offence and sentenced to imprisonment without the option of a fine; or

      (e)   if he has absented himself from two consecutive meetings of the Board without its leave.

   (2) Whenever for any reason the office of any member of the Board becomes vacant before the expiration of the period for which he has been appointed, another person shall be appointed to fill the vacancy until the expiration of the period for which the vacating member was appointed.

   (3) The members of the Board shall receive no remuneration in respect of their services on the Board but may, out of the funds of the Board, be paid allowances to cover expenses reasonably incurred by them in respect of their attendance of the meetings of the Board or while otherwise engaged on the business of the Board.

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