Newsletter EUBC by President Franco Falcinelli – February 202011 March 2020
Dear Boxing Friends,
We are going through a period that is not exactly favorable for entire humanity. Globalization, for many, is synonymous with alleviation of poverty and hope of improved standards of living across the world. It is defined by economic growth across borders, opening of markets, increases in production and consumption, immense advances in connectivity, unification of all standards, but all of that is suddenly slowing down and being tested by the circumstances.
This slowdown can be attributed to two terrible natural phenomena: climate change and the spread of “coronavirus”. Global climate transformations are compromising the crops around the world, while the spread of “coronavirus” is bringing health systems and economies of many leading countries to their knees.
“COVID-19″ is not the first and will not be the last pandemic threat that the world faces, but compared to the past, modern society can counter the virus with new technological advances in diagnostics and treatment that in the past were simply unthinkable.
In the meantime, the world of sport is also implementing necessary preventive measures. There are many international sporting events, such as Formula 1 Grand Prix, Athletics Indoor World Championships that have been postponed to a later date due to “COVID-19”. Other sports, like biathlon, tennis, hockey, short track, cycling, baseball, rugby and others have had to revise their competition calendars.
In regards to Olympic Boxing, the first steps were taken on January 22, when the IOC decided to move boxing qualifications from Wuhan (China) to Amman (Jordan). The dates and locations of other Continental Qualification Tournaments remain unchanged.
AIBA was forced to postpone the Boxing Forums in Assisi and Casablanca due to the spread of “coronavirus” in Italy. The European Boxing Forum would have been a high-level event to debate urgent and important issues that we, as the boxing community, are facing. We hope that we can still host it in the near future.
The European Olympic Qualifiers for Tokyo 2020 will start in London on March 13. In London, the “coronavirus” situation is under control, according to reports, and we hope that the competent and resourceful organizers can successfully determine the European Olympic selection.
We are very concerned about the upcoming EUBC Youth Boxing Championships in Budva, Montenegro. We are in contact with the Federation of Montenegro and in a few days we will decide whether to leave the dates unchanged or postpone the Championships. Obviously, our biggest concern is the World Olympic Qualification event that will take place in Paris in May. It may be an even more challenging test for national teams coming from countries severely affected by the “coronavirus” spread.
At the last AIBA Executive Committee Meeting in Budapest, I suggested to the IOC Task Force to consider offering Olympic quotas to athletes from China in case it could not be present in Amman. Now, this suggestion could also be extended to other countries that could be forced to miss the continental and world qualification tournaments.
Speculations regarding the postponement of the Tokyo Olympic Games date have also been brought up by Japanese media. Nevertheless, at the last IOC EB Meeting, President Thomas Bach categorically excluded this possibility.
Following the event in London, European National Federations will have their initial qualitative and quantitative representation prognosis for the Tokyo 2020 Games. I would like to wish all participating athletes, men and women, the best of luck! May all of you perform at your very best, wishing to meet the expectations of coaches and national federations.
I would also like to address the Referees & Judges officiating the qualification bouts. I urge them to perform at the top of their competence and focus, in order to correctly determine the deserving winners of bouts!
EUBC Tournaments February 2020
With regards to the boxing activity of our continent, as always, I would like to thank our national federations, which organize prestigious international tournaments in their territories. International competitions are of fundamental importance for the growth of our athletes at all levels!
- February 3 – 10: Bocskai Memorial Tournament (Elite M/W) – Debrecen, Hungary
- February 17 – 21: Open Youth Boxing Tournament for Prizes of Alexey Yukov (Youth M) – Gomel, Belarus
- February 21 – 22: Akos Toth Memorial (Schoolboys, Junior M, Youth M) – Koka, Hungary
- February 21 – 23: International Boxing Tournament “Euro Cup” (Youth & Elite M) – Bijejlina, Brcko, Bosnia & Herzegovina
EUBC Tournaments March 2020:
- March 5 – 9: 39th Int. GEEBEE Boxing Tournament (Elite M / Elite W 60-64kg) – Helsinki, Finland
- March 8 – 14: XV Int. Danas Pozniakas Youth Boxing Tournament (Youth M) – Vilnius, Lithuania
- March 16 – 22: 5th Int. Emil Jechev Memorial (Junior M/ Youth M) – Botevgrad, Bulgaria
- March 26 – 30: 16th Int. Youth Boxing Tournament “Trophy of Podgorica” – Podgorica, Montenegro