Newsletter EUBC by President Franco Falcinelli – April 2019

16 May 2019 Featured

Dear Boxing friends,

we are anxiously waiting the resolutions adopted by the IOC Inquiry Committee and the subsequent final decision that will be taken during the IOC Executive Board Meeting in Lausanne on May 22nd.

Meanwhile, AIBA Interim President Mr. Mohamed Moustahsane has convened an Extraordinay AIBA Executive Committee meeting in Lausanne in order to evaluate the current situation of our International Federation and plan the future of Olympic boxing in connection with IOC decisions.

Although President Bach and the Organizing Committee of Tokyo Olympic Games have guaranteed the presence of the Boxing Tournament, the concerns of our National Federations, coaches and above all of our valiant athletes are increasingly in a state of fibrillation.

IOC President, Thomas Bach with EUBC President, Franco Falcinelli

The problem that most affects all boxing people is linked to the capacities of those who could eventually replace AIBA in organizing Olympic Qualifications and Olympic Tournament. Recently, IOC  President Thomas Bach, stated that organizing a Boxing Tournament is not a “rocket science” and therefore it would be possible to organize it without the institutional role of AIBA.

I deeply respect the point of views of IOC President, but I would like to beg him to review his belief.

Dear President Bach, right because boxing and all sports in general are not a “rocket science”, it will be very hard, complicated and full of technical and procedural risks   to ensure a successful event to the Olympic Boxing in Tokyo 2020 without a qualified  organization such as AIBA. AIBA is clearly the organization best positioned to ensure fair play and integrity in officiating for the boxers.

We are confident on the good will of the IOC and ASOIF to take into account what will emerge during the debate and the proposals that the AIBA EC will develop on Saturday 18 May in Lausanne.

Meanwhile, I continue to ask all our EUBC Members to trust on the Olympic spirit of IOC and to continue to prepare our talents in order to confirm boxing as an  indissoluble bond with the Olympic movement  and its glorious history.

April has also been a long month characterized by an intense international competition activity and we are going towards the start of the EUBC Junior Men and Women European Boxing Championships, that will take place in Galati, Romania from May 22ndto June 2nd. Based on the final registration this important European competition for our Junior athletes shows a high number of participants, 263 male and 140 female boxers. These numbers definitely confirm that incredible work done by the National Federations and the vitality of our European Continent. The city of Galati is ready to host this event and I am sure that your Team Delegations will enjoy their stay in Romania. The first competition day will be May 24thand the finals will be held on June 1st.

On behalf of EUBC, I would like to thank those National Federations having proposed their candidates for the EUBC Commissions. The knowledge and commitment of Commission members are a very important tool to develop and improve the specific areas of our Sport.

EUBC Tournaments took place in April:

  • April 1 – 7, Anapa (RUS): International Tournament Pavlyukov Memorial (Youth)
  • April 4 – 8, Shkoder (ALB): International Tournament Memorial Vilaznia (Elite)
  • April 9 – 14, Murcia (ESP): International Tournament BOXAM (Junior & Youth)
  • April 9 – 14, Cologne (GER): Cologne Boxing World Cup (Elite)
  • April 15 – 21, Tbilisi (GEO): 3rdInternational Tournament named after David Kvachadze (Elite)
  • April 15 – 21, Belgrade (SRB): 57thInternational Tournament Belgrade Winner (Elite)
  • April 15 – 21, Kherson (UKR): International Tournament in the Memory of Nikolai Manger (Elite)
  • April 27 – May 1, Baku (AZE): President Heydar Aliyev Cup (Junior)
  • April 28 – May 5, Warsaw (POL): International Feliks Stamm Tournament (Elite)
  • April 29 – May 3, Gomel (BLR): Open Int. Tournament devoted to the Victory Day (Elite)
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