AIBA EC member Emilia Grueva shared us her opinions about the EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships10 December 2020
Bulgaria’s experienced woman boxing official, Mrs. Emilia Grueva is member of the AIBA Executive Committee and also in the EUBC Board. She represented officially the European Boxing Confederation in the EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships in Sofia on behalf of EUBC President Mr. Franco Falcinelli.
Mrs. Emilia Grueva is also the Vice-President of the Bulgarian Boxing Federation and supported the success of the EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships during this hard period. The Bulgarian Boxing Federation hosted several AIBA and EUBC Championships in the recent eight years and they have all of the experienced staff how to handle all of the issues during the Covid-19 pandemic. Mrs. Emilia Grueva summarized her experiences about the event and shared us her opinion about 2021.
What were your experiences in the EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships? What were the strengths of the EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships?
First of all I would like to thank you for inviting me to an interview. As every other competition we have organised in Bulgaria, there are challenges, especially given the fact that we are in the middle of a worldwide pandemic, but I am glad that we managed to catch the arising problems in advance and deal with them before being too late. All that is due to the support of my team who are loyal, organised and disciplined, which are all must-have qualities in these times. I believe that to be our greatest asset and strength, along with the adaptability of the LOC.
What were the key points and the most difficult aspects of the organizations with the Covid-19 issues?
We already have experience in dealing with situations that have to be resolved quickly, however we have never dealt with a global pandemic of such scale. There was much more preparation required in order to just get everyone here, in Sofia. Dealing with all the additional requirements, regulations, medical checks, tests, etc made the whole organisation way heavier than usually. Of course, the main issue was actually getting the people here in terms of visa requirements due to the different policies towards international flights of all countries.
What do you think about the European junior boxers who attended in Sofia?
From what I have seen, we are lucky to have such a young generation coming of age. The level was extremely high which implies the long breaks caused by COVID has given an additional boost to all the young athletes.
What do you expect from the year of 2021 which is ahead of us?
First of all, I really expect that the global community would deal with the pandemic or at least begin to do so. Hopefully, once the solution to that problem has started to be worked on, I will be looking towards the 2021 Olympic Games, similarly to every person in sports, as it will be a global breath of fresh air amid the crisis.
Could you please introduce Bulgaria’s plan for the future?
Certainly our short-term plans are related to achieving a medal in the Tokyo Olympic Games. However, our long-term goal is to continue working on the popularisation of boxing among kids and developing the training facilities in Bulgaria. We are looking forward to the new generation that is coming of age.