International Boxing Day – July 21/22, 2019 (Moscow, Russia)31 July 2019
On July 21 and 22 the Russian Boxing Federation gave life to the 3rd edition of the International Boxing Day in Moscow, realizing, thanks to the commitment of Mr. Umar Kremlev and his staff, a great promotion of the Olympic and professional boxing.
The participation of over 4000 young athletes of both genders, having performed in Red Square under the guidance of the exceptional Instructors such as Oleg Saitov, Egor Mekhontsev, Sofia Ochigava and other great Champions, aroused great admiration and deep interest from the large audience that filled the tiers of seats. Spectators present in Red Square were also able to watch some high level professional bouts for various international titles, involving boxers like Fedor Chudinov, Magomed Madiev, Islam Edisultanov and others.
Moreover, the combination of boxing and famous Pop and Classic musicians highlighted how the “Noble Art” is compatible with all expressions of Art of the World Heritage Site. Among the most famous and applauded singers Roy Jones Jr., the former World Champion in four different weight categories: middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight. But the cultural program did not end with musical performances. It was enriched with a significant ceremony with a tribute to the “Unknown Soldier” in the Alexander Garden with a very large international representation.
The celebration of the International Boxing Day does not end in two days of the absolute spectacular value, but it is the expression of the synthesis and image of the Russian sports policy that is concretized with the words of the Head of the Russian Boxing Federation Supreme Supervisory Council, Mr. Alexey Rubezhnoy (in featured image with EUBC President, Mr, Franco Falcinelli):
“We entrust social value to sport. Investments in sport in general and in boxing in particular are a social commitment towards the younger generations. The educational and training values of boxing can be useful not only to create great champions, but to create better citizens.
The values of the “Noble Art” are indispensable for educating our young people to the principles of loyalty, courage, respect for the opponent and the rules that are indispensable for a healthy and civil coexistence”.
We fully share these socially useful goals and we are confident that the International Boxing Day, at its 3rdedition in Russia, could be emulated and spread to other Countries of the World in order to contribute in sharing the values of boxing practice in favor of peace, solidarity and Olympic spirit.
The day of July 22 also saw the meetings of EUBC Competition and EUBC Youth Commissions. All members attending the meeting showed their strong commitment to the further development of the European boxing. Here are some key issues discussed at the meetings:
The Commission, chaired by Mr. Sumaid Khalidov, unanimously approved the appointment of Mr. Vittorio Lai (ITA) as Vice Chairman. An important issue discussed was the adjustment of the 2020 EUBC Championships calendar based on the schedule of the Olympic Qualifying tournaments. The updated schedule could be as follows:
- EUBC Women’s European Boxing Championships – April 2020
- EUBC Youth Men & Women European Boxing Championships – May 2020
- EUBC Junior Men & Women European Boxing Championships – July 2020 (first half)
- EUBC Schoolboys & Schoolgirls European Boxing Championships – August 2020
- EUBC U22 European Boxing Championships – September 2020
The proposal will need to be approved by the EUBC Executive Committee.
The next important step for the Competition Commission will be to define the competition calendar 2021 – 2024 in order to permit our National Federation to plan in advance their activities.
Among the other topics addressed by the Commission were the definition of the “Eurosport Boxing Tour”, creation of the Competition Rules for Schoolboys & Schoolgirls age categories as well as the EUBC Awards 2020.
Chaired by Ms. Tatiana Kirienko and composed of 14 members from different European countries, the Commission was established in 2019 by EUBC to develop a common policy to promote Youth Boxing in Europe. The main goal discussed in this occasion was the creation of a real European Youth Boxing Movement by promoting participation in cultural life, solidarity, discipline, partnerships, respect and spreading the principles of “fair play” in spite of defeats. Another important discussion was the resumption of the World Junior Boxing Championships, stopped in 2016.