Nova Scotia

'Shame' boxing won't be in next Games: Dexter

Nova Scotia won four medals Friday in boxing at the Canada Games. Boxing will not take place at the next winter games.

Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter came to the defence of boxing at the Canada Winter Games on Friday, saying it's a shame to see the sport being taken out of the competition.

The Canada Games Council decided last fall that boxing won't be on the schedule when the winter event is held in four years' time in Prince George, B.C.

The premier's comments came on the same day that for first time in the history of Canada Games' boxing, Nova Scotia had four finalists.

Jason Downey, 15, of North Preston, N.S., won a gold medal in boxing in the 52 kilogram category and Kentville's Matt Whitford claimed Nova Scotia's second gold on Friday night in the 81-91 kilogram class.

Taylor Gordon, 17, from Beaver Bank, and Middleton's Cyrus Taylor, 16,  both won silver medals in the 64-69 kilogram weight division.

"I think it's terrible, particularly for Nova Scotia, we have always had a great boxing heritage," Dexter said.

The premier said he spent some time with Nova Scotia's boxing team last week.

"They're just great individuals, they're working really hard on what I consider to be a great sport and it's a shame to see it taken out of the Games."

The Halifax Forum hosted Friday's event, which brought in 5,500 fans.


With files from The Canadian Press