EUBC President calls to attend the AIBA European Continental Boxing Forum in Assisi – Newsletter EUBC by President Franco Falcinelli – January 2020

23 January 2020 Featured

Dear Boxing Friends,

The Olympic year has started. From February we will experience the pre-Olympic climate with the continental qualifications that will start in Wuhan from 3 to 14 February for Asia and Oceania. Dakar will host African continent qualifications from 20-29 February, while Europe continent will meet in London from 13 to 23 March to select the 50 male and 27 female boxers who will qualify for Tokyo Olympics. The qualifications of the American continent will take place in Buenos Aires from March 26 to April 3.

The last chance to qualify for the Tokyo Olympic Games will be Paris, which will organize the final selection from 13 to 24 May to complete the 100 places assigned to women and the 186 reserved for men a total of 286. After that all qualified boxers will continue to train hard before meeting in TOKYO on July 25, the day of the start of the Olympic Tournament which will finish on August 9.

Total Quota Places

Qualification Places

(Hosting Country Places)

Tripartite Commission Invitation Places

Total

Men

181 (4)

5

186

Women

97 (2)

3

100

Total

278 (6)

8

286

Qualification Places – Men

WeightCategory

Africa

America

Asia / Oceania

Europe

World Qual.

Host Country

Tripartite

Total

48 – 52

3

5

6

8

4 – 5

0 – 1

1

28

52 – 57

3

5

6

8

4 – 5

0 – 1

1

28

57 – 63

3

5

6

8

4 – 5

0 – 1

1

28

63 – 69

3

4

5

6

4 – 5

0 – 1

1

24

69 – 75

3

4

5

6

4 – 5

0 – 1

1

24

75 – 81

3

4

5

6

3 – 4

0 – 1

0

22

81 – 91

2

3

4

4

3

0

0

16

91 – +91

2

3

4

4

3

0

0

16

Total

22

33

41

50

31 – 35

0 – 4

5

186

Qualification Places – Women

WeightCategory

Africa

America

Asia / Oceania

Europe

World Qual.

Host Country

Tripartite

Total

48 – 51

3

4

6

6

5 – 6

0 – 1

1

26

54 – 57

2

3

4

6

3 – 4

0 – 1

1

20

57 – 60

2

3

4

6

3 – 4

0 – 1

1

20

64 – 69

2

3

4

5

3 – 4

0 – 1

0

18

69 – 75

2

3

4

4

3

0

0

16

Total

11

16

22

27

19 – 21

0 – 2

3

100

It is the second time that Tokyo hosts the Olympic Games after the 1964 edition. I would like to remember the names of the Olympic champions of that memorable competition:

  • Flyweight 51 kg –  Fernando Atzori (ITA)
  • Bantamweight 54 kg – Takao Sakurai (JPN)
  • Featherweight 57 kg – Stanislav Stepashkin (URSS)
  • Lightweight 60 kg Jozef Grudzien (POL)
  • Light welterweight 63,5 kg – Jerzy Kulej (POL)
  • Welterweight 67 kg – Marian Kasprzyk (POL)
  • Light middleweight 71 kg – Boris Lagutin (URSS)
  • Middleweight 75 kg – Valeri Popenchenko (URSS)
  • Light heavyweight 81 kg – Cosimo Pinto (ITA)
  • Heavyweight +81 kg – Joe Frazier (USA)

Compared to “Tokyo 1964”, boxing at the 32nd Olympics records 4historical technical and organizational innovations:

  1. For the first time, the organization of the Olympic Tournament will not be managed by AIBA
  2. The presence of 100 women in 5 categories
  3. The reduction of male categories from 10 to 8.
  4. Participation in Olympic Games it is not open as it was then, but through continental and world qualification tournaments.

The suspension of AIBA as an Olympic Federation imposed by the IOC has created a profound loss in all world boxing which is preparing to face the Olympic Qualifications with responsibility and admirable determination, but not with the same enthusiasm of the previous editions.

There is an understandable concern that originates from the insecurity on the boxing competence of the IOC “Task Force”.

I would like to reassure those who have expressed these perplexities and convey my confidence and optimism.

Tomas Bach, IOC President

Even though I don’t feel like sharing IOC President Tomas Bach’s statements when he remarked : “Olympic Boxing Tournament is not “rocket science”, so I guess we will be able to manage it”. To President Bach whom I have always admired and respected, I would like mention that “boxing is the toughest and most complex sport among Olympic sports”. It is precisely because it is not “rocket science” that the delicate and unpredictable mechanisms that characterize its different and multiple stages of preparation and development of competitions must be known.

However, I am firmly confident in the effective capabilities of the “IOC Task Force” which will do everything possible to ensure the success of Boxing in the Olympic Games.

Morinari Watanabe, International Gymnastics Federation

The choice as leader of the “IOC Task Force” of the President of the International Gymnastics Federation, Mr Morinari Watanabe, is wise. He is an able administrator, a great manager who could also suggest serious measures on an important affinity that Olympic gymnastics has with boxing: the evaluation of the competition entrusted to the judges. Even in Gymnastics the technical results have often been sensationally contested, but the International Federation has always produced measures that have reduced the non-homogeneity of the results.

Marius Vizer, IJF President

Having also included the IJF President Mr Marius Vizer in the “IOC Task Force” is undoubtedly a  bold and brilliant inclusion both for the technical value of the number one of the International Judo Federation, and because Vizer has directed great sports bodies and now successfully manages a Combat sport which has as its affinity with Boxing the presence of a referee and 2 judges to direct and judge the bout on the tatami.

I would like to give an essential suggestion to support the credibility of the Olympic Tournament: the selection of Referees & Judges and the formation of the juries.

How and by whom will the R&Js be selected? Who will evaluate their performance? Who will guarantee the neutral composition of the juries?

The IOC has made the solution of the recurrent drama of the technical results mandatory. We must absolutely avoid the repeat of the scandals of Seoul 1988 and Rio 2016, just to mention the best known.

The innovative experiment carried out in the Tokyo Boxing Test Event Tournament has filled some important gaps, but has not solved the problem and in particular the most awaited measure has not been adopted with determination and clarity: the change of the verdict when the Judges and Referees commit errors even in good faith.

Unfortunately, after the Tokyo Tournament, we have not heard of procedures to ensure the protection of technical results.

What happened to the B.A.R. (Bout Analysis Review)?

Reintroducing the application of an IT and technological support that other sports disciplines have long included in the technical evaluation of competitions will definitely avoid errors that can humanly be committed or not perceived.

Scrupulous attention to the choice and management of the Referees & Judges together with the introduction of the Bout Analysis Review would have to be a priority since the Continental and World Qualification Tournaments. Only the best boxers must go to Tokyo.

If we want justice and sports ethics to triumph, if we want AIBA to be recovered as soon as possible in the Olympic family, we must not leave any stone unturned to defeat corruption and incompetence.

The boxers, the coaches, the public opinion and the glorious tradition of our sport discipline deserve the correctness of the technical results.

If the IOC Task Force, being a super body, manages to choose and manage the most qualified Referees & Judges with rigor and fairness and they should not feel obliged to thank “someone” for being chosen, they will have achieved a great goal.

AIBA European Continental Boxing Forum

AIBA is organizing an “International Boxing Forum” for each continent. For Europe, this important event will be held in Assisi (ITA) on February 29, 2020.

I have received many requests for clarification, which I hope I will be able to fulfil shortly.

The creation of a Training Course for Managers and Promoters of the European National Federations was included in the EUBC annual program. EUBC Vice President and Member of the AIBA Executive Committee, Umar Kremlev had the brilliant intuition to extend this educational and innovative process to all the National Federations affiliated to AIBA.

President Moustahsane then defined a programming of the “Boxing Forums” which will bring the various themes of AIBA reform to the attention of the entire boxing movement worldwide.

The amendment of the AIBA Statutes and the necessary structural and regulatory changes must have as a reference good governance, internal democracy, ethics and transparency in accordance with the Olympic Charter.

We want to demonstrate to the IOC, the NOCs and the NFs the correctness of the innovative path that we must follow to regain credibility, trust and the Olympic role after Tokyo 2020.

To achieve this goal, the AIBA Executive Committee will not be able to decide for everyone, but with the contribution of expert Managers and Independent Directors from high-level training processes suitable for developing a better dialogue with governments and national sports institutions, with Global Sport Marketing & Sponsoring to face the challenges of the 3rdMillennium more successfully.

Therefore, I invite everyone to actively participate in the Assisi “Forum” for a peaceful and constructive discussion to better serve our boxers, coaches and officials.

EUBC Awards 2019

Boris van der Vorst, Chairman of the EUBC Passion for Boxing Commission

On the occasion of the AIBA European Continental Boxing Forum EUBC will host the annual EUBC Awards event. After the successful first edition held in Rotterdam in January 2019, this second edition will award the personalities who distinguished themselves in the year 2019. The project, launched by the Chairman of the EUBC Passion for Boxing Commission Boris van der Vorst, is becoming an important milestone of the EUBC activity and we deeply believe in the importance of recognizing the merits of people who dedicate their lives to our sport.

The following categories will be awarded:

  • Best male Boxer
  • Best female Boxer
  • Best male Coach
  • Best female Coach
  • Best male Referee & Judge
  • Best female Referee & Judge
  • Best Technical Delegate
  • Best International Technical Official
  • Best Organizer
  • Best Journalist
  • Best National Federation

The Croatian Boxing Federation started a technical and organizational cooperation with the UAE Boxing Federation.

The Croatian Boxing Federation’s President Bono Bozniak along with Jurica Runtic visited Abu Dhabi and Dubai for a meeting with the managers of UAE Boxing Federation. It was a cordial and constructive meeting in order to plan training camps in Croatia and Dubai with boxers and coached in view of the upcoming international competitions.

Balkan Boxing Championships

On December 10 – 15, 2019 the city of Antalya hosted the first edition of the Balkan Boxing Championships which is going to become an annual event for Elite Men and Women boxers of the Balkan Countries. This year this event, well organized by the Turkish Boxing Federation, saw the participation of 73 boxers from 11 Countries and was held at the Rox Royal Hotel in Kemer, Antalya.

EUBC Tournaments December 2019:

  • December 10 – 15: World Cup of Petroleum Countries (Elite M/W) – Beloyarsk, Russia
  • December 10 – 15: Balkan Boxing Championships (Elite M/W) – Antalya, Turkey

EUBC Tournaments January 2020:

  • January 13 – 19: Ahmet Comert Tournament (Elite M/W) – Istanbul, Turkey
  • January 13 – 21: 9th Nations Cup (Schoolgirls, Junior, Youth, Elite W) – Sombor, Serbia
  • January 19 – 26: Strandja Tournament (Elite M/W) – Sofia, Bulgaria
  • January 26 – 31: Int. Tournament in memory of Russian soldiers victims in Afghanistan and other flashpoints (Youth M) – Komsomolsk-na-Amure, Russia

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