AIBA holds fruitful first ever Technical Congress13 October 2013
Two days before the start of the 2013 World Boxing Championships, the International Boxing Association (AIBA) held its first ever full Technical Congress in Almaty, Kazakhstan. In attendance were about 300 delegates from all the Member Federations present at the tournament. The AIBA Vice-President and EUBC President, FRanco Falcinelli, attended the Congress.
AIBA ordinarily takes advantage of the gathering of international boxing delegates at the World Championships to hold a congress. At previous editions however, AIBA had limited itself to focusing on more narrow areas. For instance, in 2009 at the Milan World Championships, the focus was on the Referee and Judges (R&Js) Congress and at the Baku World Championships in 2011 the attention turned to the Coaches Congress.
This year however was the first time that a full Technical Congress was held. It included a presentation of AIBA’s new structure along with covering AIBA Statutes, Bylaws and Rules.
The main purpose of this year’s Congress was to ensure that all Member Federations were fully aware of the major new technical changes that have happened within AIBA. These include the removal of the headguard for elite men and a change in the scoring system to the ten point must system. AIBA also generously issued the vast majority of the Federations with a new scoring machine to facilitate this transition.
There then followed a presentation on the World Series of Boxing (WSB), AIBA Pro Boxing (APB), and a report on the Road to Dream Program, whose members have just wrapped up a training camp here in Almaty.
As AIBA is due to open its pioneering World Boxing Academy this week, this monumental development program naturally formed part of the discussions as well. The Olympic Solidarity Program, key Technical and Competition Rules and the Management Systems for R&Js, Coaches and Ringside Doctors were also discussed along with Anti-doping and the new scoring system.
The well-presented congress was warmly received by delegates. In closing the congress, AIBA President Dr Ching-Kuo Wu said “In the last five hours we have worked very intensely together. I hope the discussions have given you a clear picture of what AIBA is doing across the board. In turn it is important for you to convey this information to your Member Federations, your boxers and coaches. This is important in moving our sport forward”.
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