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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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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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 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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AIBA is ready to celebrate the International Boxing Day on July 22nd

The International Boxing Day celebrated on July 22nd, will take place online this year due to the pandemic situation. AIBA member countries will take part in the celebration.

It has been originated in 2017 in Russia and recognized by AIBA Executive Committee in 2019.

The second edition will take place worldwide by awarding ceremony AIBA “Best in Boxing”. Each NF would award

• Best elite woman boxer

• Best elite man boxer

• Best youth woman boxer

• Best youth man boxer

• Best coach

• Best official

• Best referee and judge

• Best cutman

• Best boxing school

• Best innovative project

Each of the nominees will receive certificates, and three categories – elite men, elite women and coaches will receive limited edition of the GreenHill gloves (athletes) and training pads (coaches).

‘Despite the challenges, despite the difficulties that AIBA is facing, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, we decided to celebrate the International Boxing Day all around the world by awarding all the actors of our sport,’ AIBA Interim President Dr. Mohamed Moustahsane said.

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Hungary’s first quota holder Roland Galos – I have invested 18 years of hard work to get an Olympic quota

Hungary qualified two boxers for the last Rio 2016 Olympic Games and their first athlete who earned the quota for the Tokyo Olympics is Roland Galos at the men’s featherweight (57kg). The 25-year-old Hungarian advanced to the Top8 at the European Olympic Boxing Qualifying Event and qualified for the Games.

Roland Galos involved to the international events in 2010 when he was quarter-finalist at the EUBC European Junior Boxing Championships. He won the gold medal at the 2013 EUBC European Youth Boxing Championships and achieved several medals in the international tournaments but his career highlight is definitely his quota for Tokyo.

“We have invested 18 years of hard work with my father to achieve my goal to qualify for an Olympic Games. This is what I dreamed about it and I am so happy that I could reach it in the European Olympic Boxing Qualifying Event. 

The preparation for the Qualifier was impressive, we had a lot of sparring with boxers from various nations since October 2019. I arrived to the venue in good shape and I had the motivation to realize my goal in London which had a superb atmosphere and the local organizers arranged a fantastic event. 

I met first with Bosnia & Herzegovina’s Alen Rahimic where I had to use close distance tactic due to his longer hands. I succeeded against the Bosnian boxer and I had the chance to box with Finland’s Arslan Khataev once again for the quota to Tokyo. We knew that he had to lose more weight than me to attend at the featherweight (57kg) therefore we tried to dictate a strong tempo in the first and second rounds. I knew I had the advantage after two rounds and in the third I revealed a bit and moved more on feet to counter-attack Khataev. 

I am so happy that I could get the spot for the Tokyo Olympic Games in that fantastic Copper Box Arena. I could accomplish my objective which I set up in my childhood and now I am hungry for the next success, a medal in the Tokyo Olympic Games. I know my next target and I will do my very best to beat the top opponents during my road to the medal in Tokyo. 

I did not know all of my Olympic opponents as the Qualification Events did not finish yet. I met with three of the qualified boxers in previous international events and I could beat two of them,” summarized his experiences and his next target Hungary’s first quota holder Roland Galos.

Tibor Kincses,

AIBA EC created Reform Committee to amendment Statutes

Several important decisions were made at AIBA Extraordinary Executive committee meeting which take place on November 21 in Lausanne, Switzerland. EC members elected two commissions to lead reforms and to develop marketing strategy for AIBA. The bid process for major tournaments will be opened next week.

At the beginning of the meeting Dr. Mohamed Moustahsane welcome speech included the last update of AIBA situation.

Mr Alberto Puig de la Barca was unanimously ratified as a new AIBA EC member.

A newly elected AIBA athlete’s commission will appoint its representatives to serve in the executive committee with voting power.

AIBA EC decided to create a Reform Committee on AIBA Statutes amendment composed of:

  •  A Senior Swiss Counsel
  • AIBA Legal advisors, Mr Claude Ramoni, Mr Garry Moore.
  • EUBC Legal advisor, Mr Alessandro Oliveira
  • Senior members of AIBA federations (USA, RUS, CHN)
  • Presidents of confederations.

Using the roadmap proposal and taking into account AIBA NFs submissions. The committee should make progress report to AIBA EC every 15 days.


AIBA Competitions bidding to be open next week for:

  • AIBA Youth Men & Women World Championships 2020
  • AIBA Men World Championships 2021
  • AIBA Women World Championships 2021

AIBA EC appointed a task force that would do the marketing for AIBA competitions as the World Cup, World Series of Boxing,World Championships with a global marketing plan across the five continents to attract sponsors, secure broadcasters deals for these competitions. This steering committee will be headed by Mr. Umar Kremlev, and Mr.Di Wu, Mrs.Emilia Grueva , Mr. Suleiman Mikayilov, Mr. Yousef Al Kazim, Mr. Ray Silvas and  Mr. Mohamed Touma as members.

Bidding for AIBA Congress/EEC meetings and debts collection to be dealt by marketing commission and shall report at the next EEC meeting. This commission will also evaluate the marketing solutions for the future of WSB .

The project of Global Boxing Foundation was also discussed by the EC, initiated by Mr Umar Kremlev during the Global Boxing Forum 2019 in Ekaterinburg, Russia. The idea was supported by all the leading boxing Organizations – WBA, WBC, WBO, IBF. The objectives of this organization are to unify boxing stakeholders all around the world. This company will focus not only on AIBAs development  and collaboration between all the boxing organizations but also focus on social investments, as conducting charity events, contributing to boxing development all over the world, legal assistance to boxers and help boxing veterans.

Development programs were discussed with the creation of continental academies, Mr Franco Falcinelli proposed to create an European academy in Assisi, Italy. Mr. Di Wu proposed to build boxing academy in China and support the creation of an academy in Oceania. Continental academies will be according to AIBA requirements in term of development programs for athletes, coaches, officials and referees & judges.

Following the requested clarification about Rio Olympic Games, especially with the information reported by media. The R&Js used in Rio were never suspended by AIBA. It was agreed by AIBA EC to stand down these officials until after the Special Investigation Committee concluded their report. All Rio R&Js are entitled to work for their National Federations at domestic level and any involvement at international level will be with further notice.

Organization of the next EEC meeting in China will be hosted by Mr. Wu Di in city of Xiamen, China on December 19, 2019.



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First four weight classes semi-finalists are set at AIBA World Boxing Championships in Ekaterinburg 

The first four semi-final pairs are set at AIBA World Boxing Championships in Ekaterinburg, Russia. The evening session today will determine the next semi-finalists. 

Flyweight semi-finalists are France, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and India 

After defeating Cuban first-seeded rival Galal Yafai from England was not able to succeed. He lost unanimously to Billal Bennama from France. Shakhobidin Zoirov (UZB) demonstrated a spectacular fight against Daniel Asenov and celebrated his 5:0 victory that leads him to the final. Bennama and Zoirov will fight against each other in a semi-final. 

Other semi-final participants of the flyweight division are Indian Amit and Saken Bibossinov of Kazakhstan. Before Bibossinov defeated Artur Hovhannisyan (ARM) and the Indian won against Carlo Paalam from Philippines.  

Light Welterweight medal winners are Cuba, India, Armenia and the USA 

Defending World champion Andy Cruz Gomez from Cuba unanimously swept the victory over the Youth Olympic champion Ilya Popov from Russia. To proceed to the finals the winner needs to defend against Indian Manish Kaushik. 

Third seeded European Games champion Hovhannes Bachkov from Armenia progressed to the semi-finals winning against Leonel De Los Santos from Dominican Republic. Second seeded defending World champion Sofiane Oumiha from France lost to Keyshawn Davis (USA). The American will challenge Bachkov to continue to the next round.

Middleweight medals go to Russia, Brazil, Kazakhstan and Philippines 

Russian Gleb Bakshi hold an unexpected victory against Arlen Lopez (CUB) with the split decision 3:2. In the next round he meets Brazilian Hebert Da Conceicao, who defeated Salvatore Cavallaro (ITA) 4:1.       

“Of course, Cuban athletes are dangerous. Today I was fighting against the Olympic champion. His titles represents him well enough. But to be honest he didn’t surprise me a single time. During the preparation for this fight we learned most of his previous fights and I knew how he will be acting. I had a certain strategy for this fight but followed it only to 90%, so there were few mistakes. Every athlete has some secrets that are not to make public. Today I brought some light on a few of mine though. It’s a very emotional moment for me and I need to calm down now. But I feel satisfied at the end,” said Bakshi.

Tursynbay Kulakhmet (KAZ) set to the next round unanimously winning against Arman Darchinyan from Armenia. Eumir Marcial (PHI) defeated Seyedshahin Mousavi (IRI) and meets with Kazakhs for the semi-final battle. 

Top-4 heavyweight nations are Bulgaria, Russia, Kazakhstan and Ecuador  

One more surprising victory goes to Bulgarian Radoslav Pantaleev. He unanimously beat Cuban defending World champion Erislandi Savon. Next round the Bulgarian meets European Games champion Muslim Gadzhimagomedov from Russia who defeated the 4th seeded Cheavon Clarke (ENG).

“I’m very happy to win against such a strong opponent, therefore I believe that my steadfast character and a power of will made this happen. I was focused from the very beginning and had no doubts about myself. The right-time initiative and a well-chosen tactics of a close-range boxing was the key to win this fight. I knew with my whole heart that this fight will lead me to the victory,” said Pantaleev.

Olympic silver medalist Vassily Levit (KAZ) defeated Hussein Iashaish (JOR). Sanjeet Sanjeet (IND) lost to Julio Cesar Castillo Torres (ECU). For gold medal match Levit meets Castillo Torres.

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25 nations ready to fight for AIBA World Boxing Championships medals

The 1/8 final day of AIBA World Boxing Championships determined eight best boxers out of seven weight classes. In total, 25 nations have at least one representative in the quarter-final.  Top three nations are Kazakhstan and Russia with seven boxers, Cuba and England with six athletes and Uzbekistan delegates five boxers.  


In the flyweight contest a confident performance of Galal Yafai (ENG) caused a sensation through a unanimous victory against defending World champion Yosvany Veitia (CUB). The winner meets with Billal Bennama from France who defeated Vasilii Egorov (RUS). 

Bulgarian Daniel Asenov proceeded to the quarter-finals and meets with the Olympic champion Shakhobidin Zoirov. 

Saken Bibossinov (KAZ) defeated the third seeded Yuberjen Martines Rivas from Colombia and in the next round meets with Artur Hovhannisyan (ARM). Carlo Paalam (PHI) goes to the next round to be challenged by Indian Amit. 


Three-times World champion Lazaro Alvarez Estrada had no problem against Dorin Busca (MDA). To continue to the next round he needs to beat Russian Albert Batyrgaziev who defeated Mirko Cuello from Argentina at the previous stage. 

Tsenbaatar Erdenebat (MGL) won his fight and meets with Kurt Walker from Ireland. Mirazizbek Mirzakhalilov (UZB) progressed to the quarter-final where he has high-class opponent, second seeded Kairat Yeraliev (KAZ). Indian Singh Bisht fights against Peter McGrail (ENG).


Third seeded Hovhannes Bachkov from Armenia proceeded to the quarter-final to meet Leonel De Los Santos of Dominican Republic who previously defeated Luke McCormack (ENG).

Andy Cruz Gomez from Cuba swept a unanimously victory against Zakir Safiullin (KAZ) and meets with Youth Olympic champion Ilya Popov from Russia. 

Second seeded defending World champion Sofiane Oumiha from France celebrated a victory against Bakhodur Usmonov (TJK). In the next round he fights against Keyshawn Davis from the USA. Wanderson de Oliveira (BRA) meets with Indian Manish Kaushik. 


Top seeded Olympic champion from Cuba Roniel Iglesias Sotolongo fights against Russian veteran, Olympic bronze medalist Andrei Zamkovoi, while Rohan Polanco (DOM) goes up the ring to fight against Ablaikhan Zhussupov (KAZ). 

Second seeded Pat McCormack from England successfully challenged Lasha Guruli (GAO) and fights against Sewonrets Okazawa (JPN). Bobo-Usmon Baturov goes next against Zeyad Eashash (JOR).  


The 1/8 final for the weight category 75 kg took place one day earlier. There Arlen Lopez (CUB) proceeded to the next round after defeating Euri Cedeno (DOM). Russian Gleb Bakshi won a tough fight against Michael Nevin (IRL) and in the next round meets with Cuban. 

Tursynbay Kulakhmet set to the next round winning Javier Martinez from the USA in a spectacular fight. His next rival is Arman Darchinyan from Armenia who defeated the 6th seeded Andrej Csemez (SVK). 

Brazilian Hebert Da Conceicao meets with the 4th seeded Salvatore Cavallaro. And for Seyedshahin Mousavi (IRI) the next rival is Eumir Marcial (PHI). 


Light heavyweight star Julio La Cruz faces Russian Georgii Kushitashvili who defeated strong opponent from Belarus, while Bekzad Nurdauletov (KAZ) tries to deal with Bayram Malkan from Turkey. 

Second seeded Loren Alfonso Dominguez from Azerbaijan meets Uzbek Dilshodbek Ruzmetov. Benjamin Whittaker’s (ENG) rival is Jerome Joseph-Pampellone. 


Cuban defending World champion Erislandi Savon beat Alexander Bwambale from Sweden and fights against Radoslav Pantaleev from Bulgaria in the quarter-finals. 

European Games champion from Russia Muslim Gadzhimagomedov won against David Nyika (NZL) and in the next round he faces the 4th seeded Cheavon Clarke (ENG).

Olympic silver medalist Vassily Levit (KAZ) defeated Marat Hryhorian of Ukraine. His next rival is Hussein Iashaish (JOR).

Second seeded Sanjar Tursunov lost to Sanjeet Sanjeet (IND) with the split decision 1:4. In the next round Indian meets Julio Cesar Castillo Torres (ECU).   


Finally, super heavyweight fights were scheduled last. First seeded Kamshybek Kunkabayev (KAZ) fights against Nelvie Tiafack from Germany. Mahammad Abdullayev from Azerbaijan’s opponent is Justis Huni from Australia. 

England Frazer Edward Clarke meets with Russian Maksim Babanin. Richard Torrez (USA) rival is Bakhodir Jalolov from Uzbekistan.

Quarter-finals are scheduled on September 18.

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