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More British kids heading for the ring

November 16th, 2009
02:01 PM ET

The noble art of boxing is making a comeback in schools across Britain, according to a leading British newspaper.

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Despite being labeled as too dangerous by politicians and experts in the past, the number of schools with boxing on the curriculum has jumped from 20 four years ago to 1,931 this year, the Guardian said.

And with articulate Londoner David Haye becoming Britain’s first heavyweight champion of the world since Lennox Lewis in 2004, boxing's profile among young people is sure to rise further.

Britain’s Olympics Minister Tessa Jowell admitted that she had all but written off boxing as too dangerous to be considered as a mainstream sport over a decade ago. "I was public health minister and the British Medical Association quite regularly at that time called for boxing to be banned," she told the Guardian.

However she pointed to a marked improvement in the sport's safety record and the fact it is now ranked below disciplines such as gymnastics and horse riding on the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents’ list of most dangerous sports.

Do you regard boxing as a sport and would you encourage your child to enter the ring?

Let us know what you think  and we'll include the best comments on tonight's show.

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  1. Oluwashola Israel Adekunle

    I'm not that surprise about the FIFA decision to overrule the call for rematch over the controversial goal of Henry for France.
    The fact is that FIFA have there candidate, Mostly when it come to the most watch event in sport History. You can't imagine World Cup without France, Also the Money they going to realize if France make it to South Africa.
    Every thing in this World is politics, believe it or live it, FIFA prefer France to Ireland if not why not replay the game, Even Henry ask to replay.

    N.B..........Pedro keep your good job, I love your Sport analyzes.
    God Bless You.

    November 20, 2009 at 11:19 pm | Reply

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