A conversation with Jürgen Kyas, President of the Deutscher Boxsport-Verband26 May 2017
A conversation with Jürgen Kyas, President of the Deutscher Boxsport-Verband
What is your program for this Olympic quadriennium 2017/2020?
German Olympic sports, including boxing, face some very large challenges for the 2017-2020 cycle. The implementation of the competitive sports reform demands all our resources. We orient ourselves mostly on the guidelines of the AIBA, just as they were decided. We are trying a tight and trustworthy cooperation with the promoters and associations of the professionals in Germany. The promotion of Olympic boxing at the national level in cooperation with the AIBA. Intensification of the training and development of our referees, trainers as well as medical support.
What are the strategies to improve boxing in Germany?
Olympic boxing in Germany is developed quite well thanks to the extraordinary work of our national associations and boxing clubs.
However, what we do drastically need to keep up with the best in the world are international competition formats.
Our own German World Series of Boxing team is our big goal.
As well as the execution of a national qualification tournament for professional and Olympic boxers.
Together with the AIBA, we are pursuing the resolute enforcement of the rules on compliance and ethics that were decided on at the congress in Montreux in 2016.
After Aiba opening to professional boxing, how will you improve this area?
Currently, we are intensely pursuing a cooperation with the national professional associations based on the recommendation of the AIBA and are in numerous negotiations and talks. It already appears as though we will establish a good, tight cooperation so that boxing in Germany achieves its relatively high importance again.
After Munich 1982 and Berlin 1995, Elité Men’s World Championships will be held again in your country purposely, in Hamburg, from August 25th to September 2nd, 2017.
What does it means for your federation organizing this event?
The orientation of the WM in Hamburg means a lot for the DBV. Olympic boxing in Germany is experiencing an immense boost through the world championship hosted at home, which affects the attractiveness of this sport. Furthermore, we are very happy, even beyond the national borders in all of Europe, that a world championship will take place in Germany after so many years and, with that, respectively, in western Europe. This will surely have a positive effect on boxing in all of Europe.
How are the dealing with the fight against doping?
Doping abuse has been a punishable offense in Germany since 2016 and is persistently monitored by our prosecution authorities. The DBV rigorously implements the WADA code and the NADA code in its associative sector. Fortunately, we can record a disappearing small number of doping violations for Olympic boxing in Germany. The DBV, together with the NADA, backs very preventive work through the consistent and intense education and training of its athletes and trainers.