AIBA joins UTS Virtual Youth Festival 2020

United through sports (UTS) launches the International Virtual Youth Festival 2020. AIBA will take part in it with youth athletes participating; the organization is looking for brave and courageous boxers who desires to show yourself at the innovative format of competitions.

The COVID-19 pandemic has given life to the UTS Virtual Youth Festival, which goes far beyond a temporary solution to the cancellation of sports events. It is a positive opportunity to move forward and bring us all back together. The unique Virtual Youth Festival will be held and broadcast online.

This pandemic has affected each and everyone including the world of sport. We all understand the difficult circumstances and the unique challenges we face. Now more than ever, we must stand in solidarity and unity promoting sports values. Now is the time to transform crisis into a nurturing opportunity, promoting health and safety with a united mission for the youth of the world. We must cultivate our communities to continue to be active, inspired, and to be included.

We have seen many inspiring initiatives as organizations pivot and adapt, navigating the current unpredictable landscape. In 2017, the United Through Sports initiative was born to create and contribute towards a better world, with and for our youth. The UTS Virtual Youth Festival is a celebration of our youth who will carry the torch of life for the next generations, and on this platform everybody is equal.

The festival will include youths not only from participating International Federations, but also those with different abilities mental and physical, youths from migrant and refugee backgrounds, youth from the indigenous community, and those from vulnerable backgrounds who are often marginalized by society. United, we shall create the opportunity and give these youth autonomy and hope.

Over 60 organizations have joined forces to unite on the digital platform where qualification events will take place between August and the end of October. The finals will be hosted in Thailand and held as a hybrid event around the world in celebration of the United Nations’ World Children’s day, on November 20-22.

The festival will include virtual medal ceremonies, inspirational opening and closing ceremonies, and will incorporate a vital platform of education by including webinars, an opening conference, panel discussions, and workshops.

Topics of focus will include:

  • Peace through sport;
  • Inclusion and non-discrimination;
  • Athletes’ roles and responsibilities;
  • Safeguarding and child protection among others.

Over 100 youth ambassadors, together with the leaders of sport and all participating entities will make a unified call to action towards a better tomorrow.

With the finals being held on United Nations’ World Children’s Day, the former 8th UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon said:

‘We all face challenges amidst the pandemic global shift. Now is the time we must think forward and we must take action towards empowering our youth towards the future. This UTS Virtual Youth Festival is a unique opportunity for the youth of all abilities to unite through the digital ecosystem in friendship, sports, health, and education. United, we must stand for youth rights ensuring equality and the inclusion of all youth. This Festival will open many new doors of opportunity for us to reach youth all over the world. Let us reach them together.’

GAISF and SportAccord President Raffaele Chiulli said:

‘GAISF and SportAccord families are proud to play an active role in the innovative United Though Sports Virtual Youth Festival 2020. The global COVID-19 pandemic has brought so many challenges, but now is the time for the international sports community to lead by example and inspire young people and their families around the world to get active. As one voice for all sport, the virtual youth festival will be a fantastic opportunity to showcase and celebrate the fundamental values of equality, diversity, and inclusion.’

‘During such unprecedented and challenging times, we must continue to create opportunities, putting the youth of the world at center stage,’ stated UTS President Stephan Fox. ‘We must also understand that for many vulnerable youths, once the pandemic ends, they will continue to live in lockdown and in challenging environments. We want to create an event that is active and educational for all our youth and regardless of who is up on the podium, the closing ceremony will see the youth of the world come together for one global celebration.’

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Francois Strydom will serve as Chairman of the AIBA Disciplinary Commission 

Chairman of the FIDE Ethics & Disciplinary Committees from South Africa, Francois Paul Strydom, became a Chairman of the AIBA Disciplinary Commission. The decision was ratified by the AIBA EC during the videoconference on Wednesday. 

Born in 1961, Mr. Strydom is specialized in a Commercial and Sports Law. He is an arbitrator in a number of commercial arbitrations. Since 2018, he is Chairman of the FIDE Ethics and Disciplinary Commission. 

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CAS Arbitrator Bernhard Welten became a Chairman of the AIBA Ethics Commission

Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) Arbitrator from Switzerland, Bernhard Heinrich Welten, will serve as Chairman of the AIBA Ethics Commission. The AIBA Executive Committee ratified the proposal of the AIBA Interim President today during the AIBA Extraordinary EC meeting by videoconference.

Born in 1966, Mr. Welten is Attorney at law. He graduated from the University of Bern, Switzerland in 1995 and finished Duke Law School, Durham, NC, the USA in 1999. He speaks German, English, Italian, French, and has a basic understanding of Spanish.

Mr. Welten is a CAS arbitrator in international sports law cases; he experienced over 100 cases as sole or party appointed arbitrator respectively president of the panel. In February 2018 he was a member of the CAS ad hoc Panel at the Winter Olympic Games in South Korea. He is a member of the Bernese, Zurich, and Swiss Bar Association, Union International des Avocats, International Bar Association, Associations Suisse de l’Arbitrage (ASA), Court of Arbitration for Sport, and Rotary. 

Mr. Welten has been working together with various sports organizations, among them the Swiss Olympic Association.

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AIBA Ordinary Congress 2020 to be held virtually in December 

International Boxing Association (AIBA) Ordinary Congress 2020 is held on December 12-13 on the virtual platform. The Executive Committee took this decision during the extraordinary meeting by the video conference on Wednesday.  

AIBA Interim President Dr. Mohamed Moustahsane wrote a letter to all the national federations in advance asking their opinion on the upcoming Congress format. The majority of the members agrees that virtual event is the best solution in the current pandemic situation.

‘Today we decided to conduct our next Congress virtually. We also chose to use LUMI as a technical system for voting. This system was already utilized by several International Federations including IOC and ASOIF,’ addressed Dr. Moustahsane to the EC members. 

‘I am sure that this decision is the most appropriate in the current circumstances. We will take the best experience of our colleagues to make this Congress a success,’ he noted.  

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Mexican boxing coach Francisco Bonilla Vazquez passed away 

AIBA Family mourn for coach from Mexico, Prof. Francisco Bonilla Vazquez, who passed away on September, 24th. 

‘Mr. Vazquez will be remembered for his great contribution to the boxing development on national and international levels as highly qualified coach; his legacy will live in our hearts forever. On behalf of myself and the entire AIBA Family, I would like to express my deepest condolences,’ said AIBA Interim President Dr. Mohamed Moustahsane. 

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Aimed to save his gym after the flooding Sewon Okazawa won «Best in Boxing» prize 

Japan Boxing Federation awarded «Best in Boxing» of the country. The prize was given not only for sporting achievements but also for social input. The award was dedicated to the International Boxing Day which is celebrated on July 22nd annually.

Sewon Okazawa was awarded as the Best Elite Man Boxer of the year. The quarter-finalist of the last edition of the AIBA Men World Boxing Championships cares not only about his own career. This summer he claimed he would take a break in his preparation for home Games to repair the boxing gym in Kanoya damaged by flooding after torrential rain. He is working with the gym’s head coach Shunya Aratake.     

‘I want to give something back by helping return the gym to its usual condition’, he said in June to Kyodo News. 

21-years-old Tsukimi Namiki became the Best Elite Woman Boxer. She is a quarter-finalist of the last edition of AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships. She is the first woman ever from Japan qualified for the Games. 

The Best Coach of the «Best in Boxing» awards, Yoshiyuki Hirano, for many years has participated in national team training camps and international tournaments. 

Japan Boxing Federation has organized “High school shadowboxing Challenge 2020” for the students who are enthusiastic about boxing training at their respective high schools all over Japan. This event was awarded the Best innovative project of the year. 

Owing to the impact of the new coronavirus, most of the boxing events for high school students have been canceled so far. As an alternative idea to support those students who are working hard on their training, Japan Boxing Federation planned the “High school Shadowboxing Challenge 2020”.

Video shooting the sense of their respective style of shadowboxing must be uploaded on social media and those videos will be judged by such the distinguished expert as Naoya Inoue, the WBA and IBF World Bantamweight Champion, and other top-leveled boxing experts.

All the winners’ of the Japan «Best in Boxing» prize are the following:

  • The Best Elite Man Boxer – Sewon Okazawa 
  • The Best Elite Woman Boxer – Tsukimi Namiki
  • The Best Coach – Yoshiyuki Hirano
  • The Best Youth Man Boxer – Reito Tsustumi
  • The Best Youth Women Boxer – Hikaru Shinohara
  • The Best Ringside Doctor – Mr. Tetsuya Sakamoto
  • The Best R&J – Katsunori Hanabusa
  • The Best official – Tomoaki Takenowaki
  • The Best Boxing School – Kokoku Highschool
  • Best innovation project – High School students shadowboxing challenge 2020

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AIBA Family congratulate Interim President Mohamed Moustahsane on his birthday 

Dear Dr. Moustahsane, 

On behalf of the whole AIBA Family, we send you best wishes on your birthday.

May your birthday be the start of a year filled with good luck, good health, and much happiness.

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Chinese Boxing Federation awarded Hu Jianguan and Chang Yuan as 2020 “Best in Boxing” elite athletes

The Olympic bronze medalist in 52 kg Hu Jianguan is awarded the “Best in Boxing” prize as the 2020 Best Elite Man Boxer in China. Chang Yuan, the Champion of the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in 51 kg, became the 2020 Best Elite Woman Boxer of the country.

Both winners are qualified for the next Games, winning the Asian/Oceanian Qualifiers this year.

The Best coach, Zhang Chuanliang is the Head coach of the Chinese national team. Mr. Zhang was elected as the President of the Chinese Boxing Federation in 2018. Since then, he led the national team leaving a series of remarkable results in various big international events.

All the award winners’ list:

  • Best Elite Man Boxer – Hu Jianguan
  • Best Elite Woman Boxer – Chang Yuan
  • Best Coach – Zhang Chuanliang
  • Best Youth Man Boxer – Rehemandu Halimulati
  • Best Youth Woman Boxer – Hu Meiyi
  • Best Cutman – Wang Peiyang
  • Best Ringside Doctor – She Hong
  • Best R&J – Jiao Subin
  • Best Official – You Peina

 

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Asanau and Apanasovich are ‘Best in Boxing’ in Belarus 

The Belarusian Boxing Federation has summed up the results of the “Best in Boxing” awards, which was held under the auspices of AIBA and was timed to coincide with the International Boxing Day, which is celebrated annually on July 22nd. Thus, the best were named in the following 11 nominations:

  • The best elite man boxer: Dzmitry ASANAU
  • The best elite woman boxer: Yuliya APANASOVICH
  • The best coach: Yury CHUIKO
  • The best youth man boxer: Aliaksandr DOUNAR
  • The best youth woman boxer: Darya ASMALOUSKAYA
  • The best ringside doctor: Zhanna AREKHAVA
  • The best R&J: Viachaslau TSITOU
  • The best official: Aliaksandr KALEYEU
  • The best cutman: Arthur RAKHATSEVICH
  • The best boxing school: GOMEL REGIONAL OLYMPIC RESERVE CENTRE OF SINGLE COMBATS
  • The best innovative project: Youth Boxing League

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Oleksandr Khyzniak: ‘International Boxing Day is a special day for me’ 

Ukrainian Boxing Federation awarded AIBA 2020 ‘Best in Boxing’ prize to World Champion Oleksandr Khyzhniak as the best boxer. 

The ‘Best in Boxing’ trophies are given in 2020 for the International Boxing Day celebrated on July 22nd to promote the advancement of all key people in the sport of boxing. They recognize outstanding achievements and contributions made to develop, encourage, and strengthen boxing in each country. Athletes receive the trophy not only for sporting performance but also for their social activity. 

‘For me, such a big recognition is a great honor,’ said Khyzhniak, who also won European Championships in 75 kg weight class two times. 

‘It is especially nice that the AIBA’s nominations are dedicated to the International Boxing Day. Boxing has a huge place in my life, so for me, it’s really a special day. I am grateful to the Boxing Federation of Ukraine for the recognition and I hope that my greatest success is still ahead. I will work hard for it,’ he concluded.

His father and famous boxing coach Oleksandr Khyzhniak Sr was awarded as the best coach.

‘Like everyone else, I am glad that my work was recognized. But I want to say, at the same time, that our success with Oleksandr became possible due to his great diligence and respect for boxing’, he said.

The best woman boxer is Anna Lysenko, quarter-finalist of the last edition of AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in Ulan Ude, who thanked AIBA for launching the award.

‘So great to be among these well-known names. Honestly, I think there are a few more girls which maybe deserve it more, but I am so happy that I got the recognition. I will do my best to prove that I deserve this award,’ she said.

 

 

All the other prize-winners of Ukraine are the following: 

  • Best youth man boxer – Yurii ZAKHAREEV, gold medalist at the 2019 Youth European Boxing Championships
  • Best youth woman boxer – Mariya KRYVONIS, Youth European Championship silver medalist
  • Best R&J – Pavlo VASYLYNCHUK, AIBA 3 stars R&J 
  • Best official – Polina SHTYFURA, AIBA ITO 
  • Best boxing school – ABEL BOXING GYM, Odessa region, head coach – Abel Khachatrian
  • Best innovation project – Memorandum with Ministry of Digital Transformation

The ‘Best in Boxing’ is awarded in each AIBA member country. 

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