Sunday witnessed ten thrilling finals of the 2017 Women’s Youth World Championships in the north-east India city of Guwahati, at which Russia, Kazakhstan, USA and South Korea topped the podium along with the hosts India whose boxers dominated the lighter weight categories. A total of 160 boxers from 31 countries began the week-long tournament, which also made available four quota places for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires.
Saturday afternoon in the north-eastern India city of Guwahati saw 160 names from 31 countries go into the draw for the 2017 AIBA Women’s Youth World Boxing Championships, with all boxers born in 1999 or 2000. The week-long tournament, running from 19-26 November, not only provides the springboard to the Elite level and the exciting prospect of inclusion on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Cycle, but a handful of quota places for next year’s Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires.
The 2017 AIBA Youth Women’s World Boxing Championships will take place between 19-26 November in the eastern India city of Guwahati, with the tournament ready to shine a light on the next generation of talented young female boxers from around the world. While many of the 193 registered boxers from 39 countries will hope to be beginning their journeys to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, those born in 2000 and competing at Flyweight (51kg), Featherweight (57kg), Lightweight (60kg) and Middleweight (75kg) will also be chasing a quota place for the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games.
Hamburg’s Sporthalle was taken over by world-class boxing for one last session of the AIBA World Championships on Saturday night, with ten Champions crowned from five countries. At the end of a tournament that had seen 243 athletes from 75 countries competing for the sport’s most prestigious title, it proved to be a golden night for the Cuban team as they left with five golds, while Azerbaijan, France, Kazakhstan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan took home one gold medal each.
The Opening Ceremony at Hamburg’s Town Hall officially began the 2017 AIBA World Boxing Championships on Thursday evening, after the Official Draw had earlier revealed the potential medal routes of the 243 confirmed boxers competing from 75 countries. The line-ups across the ten weight categories include a host of reigning World and Olympic Champions and medallists competing alongside talented newcomers, promising a wealth of high-class bouts across the nine days of action.
The XIX edition of the AIBA Men’s World Championships begin in Hamburg, Germany on 25 August, with 279 of the world’s best boxers coming together for nine days of Elite action in the city’s Sporthalle venue. In total, 85 nations will be represented, up from 69 in Doha two years ago, underlining AIBA’s successful efforts to expand the pool of boxing talent and growth of the sport around the globe in recent years.
The AIBA Executive Committee convened in Moscow on 24-25 July to continue the progress made over the past ten months for the development of world boxing. Key decisions were reached on the host cities for AIBA’s flagship international events, KPMG presented their financial audit which was approved, and ahead of the start of an exciting new partnership for world boxing, Alisports delivered their vision for the global growth of the sport and for unleashing AIBA’s marketing and online potential.
The chase to become the first team in World Series of Boxing history to win a third star ended with a brilliant Final in Astana on Saturday evening, as the Astana Arlans Kazakhstan fought back to a quite brilliant win in Astana. Having taken a convincing lead, the Arlans allowed the Domadores back into the match and to the brink of victory, before another spirited comeback forced the Tie-Break, in which Flyweight Olzhas Bainiyazov earned himself hero status in Kazakhstan by delivering the crucial victory and earning his side a remarkable 6-5 victory.
AIBA has signed an exclusive global marketing agreement with Alisports, the subsidiary of e-commerce giant Alibaba Group. The strategic partnership follows the signing of an MOU in 2016 agreeing to the development and promotion of boxing around the world, and includes significant investment into AIBA competitions, media and digital platforms, as well as the creation of an AIBA internet TV channel.
The AIBA Special Investigation Committee (SIC), consisting of experts from its Refereeing and Judging (R&J), Technical and Rules, as well as Disciplinary Commissions, has concluded its investigation into the practices and procedures of officials during the Rio 2016 Olympic Boxing Tournament. The SIC’s recommendations for improvements to R&J structure for the Tokyo 2020 Cycle are already being put in place.