In a big delight to the Indian boxing fans, the country got the nod to host both men’s and women’s world boxing championships. The International Boxing Association (AIBA) which is the global body of the amateur boxing made the decision in favour of India to host global boxing events. As such, India will host women’s world boxing championships in 2018 in New Delhi and men’s event in 2021.
India has hosted women’s world boxing championships in 2006 but not the men’s. However, the announcement of India as host of world championships was made at the two-day executive committee meeting in Moscow after reviewing the bid process, filed by various national federations. This is considered a historic moment considering the fact that India is going to host men’s world boxing championship for the first time.
The unanimous agreement of 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, India. The 2018 Women’s World Championships will also be held in New Delhi, with the 2019 edition in Trabzon, Turkey.
Following the announcement, the 2006 Commonwealth Games gold medallist boxer Akhil Kumar tweeted “Congratulations BFI for winning bid for 2018 Women World Championship & 2021 Men World Championship edition to be held in New Delhi.”
Congratulations BFI for winning bid for 2018 Women World Championship & 2021 Men World Championship edition to be held in New Delhi.
— Akhil kumar (@Akhilkumarboxer) July 25, 2017
Youth Affairs & Sports minister Vijay Goel also expressed happiness at the news.
“Great news for all boxing fans and players!” tweeted the minister.
Great news for all boxing fans and players! https://t.co/t3qfhwmrB3
— Vijay Goel (@VijayGoelBJP) July 25, 2017
“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,” Dr Ching-Kuo Wu, AIBA president, said.