AIBA global flashmob #BOXINGEVERYWHERE united more than 35 countries

AIBA launched the International Boxing Day flashmob under the motto “Boxing is everywhere”. 

Everyone can participate by making short shadowboxing videos in front of their country landmark – Eifel Tower, the Pyramids, Statue of Liberty, Sydney Opera House, etc and publish it on Instagram with the hashtag #BOXINGEVERYWHERE and tag @aiba_official. 

Dozens of athletes from more than 35 countries have already participated in the online event dedicated to the celebration. 

Participants send their videos from Iran, Turkey, Australia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Russia, France, Ireland, Colombia, Belarus, India, Poland, Monaco, Montenegro, UAE, Sweden, Germany, Greece, Lithuania, China, Georgia, Jordan, Ecuador, Kyrgyzstan, Kosovo, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Venezuela, Mexico, Morocco, Brazil, Great Britain, Croatia, Armenia, Wales, Spain, and others.  

The best ones will be published in summary video dedicated to the International Boxing Day on July 22nd. 

AIBA urged the participants to respect the COVID-19 safety rules of their countries. 

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AIBA send condolences to family of passed Nicaragua boxing Federation President Mr. Diogenes Cardenas

Nicaragua Boxing Federation President Mr. Diogenes Cardenas died because of coronavirus on Tuesday, July 7.

AIBA Interim President Dr. Mohamed Moustahsae send deepest condolences to all his family, colleagues, and friends.

‘I was deeply saddened to learn of Mr. Diogenes Cardenas’s passing,’ Dr. Moustahsane said.  

Mr. Cardenas was very active, he participated at the AIBA Forum in America and came to the AIBA EC meeting to present Nicaragua candidature to host AIBA Youth Men’s and Women’s Championships.

‘As President of Nicaragua Boxing Federation, he contributed a lot to the boxing development, his legacy will live in Nicaragua and worldwide. On behalf of myself and the entire AIBA Family, I would like to extend my deepest condolences and heartful sympathy to you as you mourn his loss.’

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AIBA and WBA Presidents expressed wish to make organizations closer for athlete’s interests

International Boxing Association Interim President Dr. Mohamed Moustahsane and World Boxing Association President Gilberto Mendoza keen to build strong relationships between organizations for the betterment of boxers.

WBA and AIBA wish to work towards three pillars: development, competition, and ethics.

Dr. Moustahsane has been invited as a guest at the World Boxing Association 99th Convention Official Opening Ceremony on Thursday. The two Presidents were in touch for some time, discussing the possibilities of cooperation.

’Since 2015, we have a lot of discussions. Now it is time to build something great for the sports and for our athletes,’ claimed Dr. Moustahsane.

WBA President stated that they are going ‘to work hard in order to elevate the quality of boxing to level it belongs.’

Both expressed a wish to create a task force for joint work. ‘It’s a pleasure to construct a new relationship,’ noted Mendoza.

‘We need to make sure our boxers will be the winners of this relationships’, concluded Dr. Moustahsane.

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AIBA Youth Men and Women World Championships in Poland postponed to April 2021

AIBA postponed the 2020 Youth Men and Women World Championships in Kielce, Poland, until 2021 due to the pandemic crisis. The new dates proposed are April 10-24, 2021.

The Executive Committee’s proposal to maintain the initial age eligibility period of the Championships was approved to respect the athlete’s preparation for the tournament. It remains for boxers born from January 01, 2002 to December 31, 2003.

‘First and foremost, our athletes’ interests are our priority. And I advocate their needs to be healthy and well prepared for the major competitions of their age. We hope that the health situation in the world becomes better, and Kielce can organize an excellent tournament in April 2021,’ said AIBA Interim President, Dr. Mohamed Moustahsane.

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AIBA Statement on the situation with Boxing Federation of India and the AIBA Men’s World Boxing Championships   

AIBA has taken note of the press statement by the Boxing Federation of India and would like to clarify the situation as follows. 

Yesterday, AIBA announced Belgrade as a host city of 2021 AIBA Men’s World Boxing Championships.

 In 2017, the tournament was awarded to India, and a Host City Agreement was signed in January 2019. As per this agreement, half of the host fees were due and payable on 1 December 2019. But as New Delhi did not fulfil its obligations to pay the host fee as mentioned in the Host City Agreement, despite numerous reminders by AIBA and after having been offered multiple options to settle their obligations, AIBA had no choice but to terminate the contract in April 2020.

The decision by AIBA was also prompted by the fact that almost two-thirds of the Host Fee due by BFI for having hosted the 2018 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships remains outstanding to date, more than 18 months after the event. This host fees should have been paid by BFI in summer 2018. AIBA showed a lot of patience and comprehension, agreeing on numerous successive repayment plans, which were never respected by BFI. 

AIBA also disputes the reasons given by BFI for not paying their dues to AIBA. Since June 2019, Serbia is no longer on the grey list of the Financial Action Task Force; BFI managed to make some payments to AIBA in the course of winter 2020.

In the current situation, AIBA cannot take the risk to suffer further losses caused by BFI’s failure to comply with its obligations.

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AIBA EC discussed the coronavirus pandemic and will vote for rescheduling the Congress 2020

AIBA Executive Committee on its teleconference on Saturday decided to keep in touch every three weeks to be well-updated about the situation with the coronavirus pandemic. Several important decisions, including the rescheduling of the AIBA Extraordinary Congress 2020, would be made by the mail vote.  

“It is important that we are together in such a difficult time,” claimed AIBA Interim President Dr. Mohamed Moustahsane. 

“We already have to postpone the Congress because of security reasons. And we need to do it once again and reschedule it from June 20th to later,” he noted. However, the new date of the event wouldn’t be determined until the situation with the pandemic becomes clear. But most likely, new Congress is to be held no sooner than the end of this year. 

EC members unanimously supported the necessity to reschedule Congress due to the pandemic situation.

“We have to wait for the IOC scheduling the Qualifiers and Games 2020 to plan our competition and to give our athletes the opportunity to participate in all events without any clash between AIBA and the IOC schedule. We have a responsibility for enough time to be given to athletes,” added Interim President.

He also thanked all the EC members “for unity and solidarity” they showed “in this difficult time”. 

“We are very sorry for what happened to the Turkish and Croatian teams, we hope that there are no other athletes, coaches or officials affected. We will have a follow-up and medical assistance to all these who were in London or anyone who requests it,” said Dr. Moustahsane.

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Ukrainian boxer Oleksandr Khyzhniak approved as AIBA Athlete’s commission Chairman

World Champion from Ukraine Olexandr Khyzhniak was elected AIBA Athlete’s commission chair, European champion from Italy Irma Testa became the vice-chair.

AIBA Executive Committee on its last meeting approved candidacies and welcomed Khyzhniak and Testa as a new member of the EC with voting rights. They will take part in the first EC conference-call on March 28th.  

“It is a great honor to become a Member of the AIBA Executive Committee for the first time in history as one of the athlete representatives. I take this responsibility seriously and intend to ensure constant incorporation of interests of boxers into the strategic and administrative decision-making processes of AIBA.

I have set a number of priority tasks for my new role, such as the early approval of the AIBA Calendar for the coming years, including the qualification system for the 2024 Olympics. I also find it important to get more detailed clarification of the criteria used by judges to score rounds,” said Oleksandr Khyzhniak.

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Mohamed Moustahsane: “We are waiting for the new date of Olympics 2020 to reschedule our major events”  

AIBA Interim President Dr. Mohamed Moustahsane claimed that the organization is waiting for information from the IOC to have an ability to put a new plan for major events 2021.

“The decision to reschedule the Olympic Games 2020 because of the pandemic was expected. As all the other International Federations, we are also wounded by the coronavirus outbreak. The health of our athletes and also coaches as well as officials is crucial. It is the top priority for us keeping in mind that the age of coaches also puts them at high potential risk of fatal consequences if affected by coronavirus. But also the health of AIBA is immensely important. AIBA Extraordinary Congress and one of the major reforms, Statutes amendments, were postponed because of this outbreak, too. 

We’ve started a reform process in AIBA and have reached the agreement with sponsors and with cities to host major AIBA competitions. And now the most important task at hand is how to reschedule it due to the new Olympic schedule. It is no easy process not only for host cities but also for athletes and their preparation.

Therefore, we cannot wait too long to have the new dates of the Olympics 2020. We should have received it in the shortest possible time to continue the way of progressing.  

I feel sorrow for boxers and coaches from Turkey and Croatia who were tested positive for coronavirus after the Olympic Qualifiers in London. I hope they can get well soon with no complications to continue their career. I’ve asked the Medical Commission to investigate if there are more cases from London.  

AIBA Executive Committee will discuss these important topics in a teleconference on Saturday, March 28th. Together we will find a solution about how to keep going forward despite all the matters,” said Dr. Moustahsane. 

For any related questions about the coronavirus outbreak, AIBA Family can contact our medical specialists via e-mail coronavirus@aiba.org.

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AIBA send condolences to family of passed R&J Armando Carbonell

Colombian boxing Referee & Judge Armando Carbonell Alvarado died at the age of 53 after suffering a sudden heart attack.

„All AIBA Family is in mourning. Our sincere condolences to his family,“ said AIBA Interim President Dr. Mohamed Moustahsane.

Carbonell was awarded the Best referee in 2015 in Qatar.

He also was representative of Colombia in the Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games.

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