Delhi to host women's, men’s world boxing c'ships

MOSCOW: The International Boxing Association (AIBA) has announced that India will host its first Women’s World Championships in 2018 and the Men’s World Championship (also for the first time) in 2021. New Delhi will be the host venue for both events.

The announcement was made Monday after a two-day AIBA executive committee meeting in Moscow. 

Following AIBA’s revised bid process to scale up its major competitions around the world, delegations from national boxing federations gave their final presentations to its executive committee on Monday afternoon as they bid for the right to host the next wave of major AIBA international competitions and events until 2021.

The AIBA executive committee awarded the 2019 Men’s World Championships to the Russian city of Sochi, with the 2021 edition to be held in New Delhi. The 2018 Women’s World Championships will also be held in New Delhi, with the 2019 edition in Trabzon, Turkey.

The AIBA 2018 Congress was awarded to Russian capital Moscow.

“The strength of all of the bids we have seen today (Monday) is the clearest indication yet of AIBA’s successful efforts to amplify the prestige of its World Championships even further, with the strongest global broadcasting and sponsorship partnerships secured to date already finalised for next month’s Men’s World Championships in Hamburg,” said AIBA president Dr Ching-Kuo Wu said.

“Having witnessed the Russian Boxing Federation’s dedication to promote the sport of boxing and its capacity to meet the executive committee’s expectations for hosting our biggest event, we are delighted to have the AIBA Men’s World Championships 2019 confirmed for Sochi, and equally excited to announce New Delhi as host city in 2021 as the Boxing Federation of India continues to show its commitment to developing the sport. Following the presentation of the Turkish Boxing Federation, I know that Trabzon will also meet the demands of hosting the world’s biggest women’s boxing tournament in 2019.”