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.
Monday’s two sessions saw 48 bouts of world-class boxing at the Sibur Arena in Saint Petersburg as the preliminary rounds of the 2016 AIBA Youth World Championships continued at Light Flyweight (49kg), Flyweight (52kg), Light Welterweight (64kg), Light Heavyweight (81kg) and Heavyweight (91kg). The first quarter-finalists were confirmed at four weight classes, while Hugo Micallef won Monaco’s first-ever bout in an AIBA event.
Sunday saw a further two sessions of first-class boxing at the AIBA Youth World Championships in Saint Petersburg, featuring the second preliminary bouts at Lightweight (60kg), Welterweight (69kg) and Middleweight (75kg). The winners all advance to the last 16, including Scotland’s William Hutchison and Kazakhstan’s Sadriddin Akhmedov after the pair put in two of the best performances of the day.
The 2016 edition of the Youth World Championships, the competition that has traditionally been a rich breeding ground for the stars of the future, will unite more than 350 boxers aged 17 and 18 from around the world for ten days of competition in Saint Petersburg.
As the new Olympic Cycle gets underway towards Tokyo 2020, an underlying theme of the HeadsUp initiative in 2017 will be the AIBA Year of Africa. With a view to plotting a course for the African Boxing Confederation (AFBC) to build on its solid foundations, two days of workshops took place in Lausanne from 7-8 November, designed to set achievable goals and strategies that will take the continent’s boxing forward using a dynamic template to then be adapted for other territories.
There are 30 days to go until the start of the AIBA Youth World Championships in Saint Petersburg, Russia, where the next generation of global boxing talent will be taking to the 7,000-capacity Sibur Arena in pursuit of gold. Running from 17-26 November, the competition is open to male boxers born in 1998 and 1999 across the ten Olympic weight categories.
The AIBA Referees & Judges and Technical & Rules Commissions convened in Lausanne, Switzerland from 3-5 October, to reflect upon the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and plan affirmative actions to build on during the new Olympic cycle. Several crucial recommendations were made in the areas of referees and judges, the education of boxers and coaches, and improving the dialogue with National Federations, with the meetings marking a positive new horizon for AIBA and the boxing world.