Interview with EUBC President Franco Falcinelli: "Minsk 2013 will be a great Boxing Tournament"27 May 2013
EUBC President Franco Falcinelli starts off the countdown to the XL Edition of EUBC Boxing Championships, which will take place in the Palace of Sports of the Capital city of Belarus, Minsk, from May 30th to June 9th.
1) President Falcinelli, there are only 3 days left to the first gong of EUBC Boxing Championships 2013. This Edition is both the first competitive step to the next Olympic Games, Rio 2016, and the fist one with you as EUBC President. What do you expect from this tournament?
The European Championships offer yet another example of the high quality and quantity in boxing across the continent. Europe is the continent that holds more than 50% of the results worldwide as well as Olympic, therefore in the capital of Belarus we have the chance to observe many young boxers who will be the future qualifiers for Rio 2016.
2) An important edition, due to the new rules of the competition. First of all the seeding system, based on the AIBA European Ranking, which will be during the official draw. What do you think about it?
We want to apply AIBA’s rules. Many athletes in Europe are prestigious internationally thus it is unfair to eliminate them in the Preliminaries. That is not saying that they should be protected just because they are highly ranked. If the current champions will be overtaken by younger and unknown talent, the results will be taken as an efficient signal of an up and coming generation.
3) The XL EUBC Boxing Championships represents also the first competitive Boxing Tournament before the first Edition of the European Olympic Games, scheduled for 2015 in Baku. Few days ago the AIBA announced that the AIBA Executive Committee had unanimously accepted the request of the European Olympic Committees (EOC) to include the sport of boxing in the European Games Baku 2015. Which will be the EUBC role in EOG 2015?
I would like to thank President Wu and the AIBA Executive Committee for granting the inclusion of boxing into the 2015 European Games. Other than the Olympic Games, this is the only major competition in which both women and men will get into the ring and contend for a place on the podium, in this first edition of the “Games”, which Europe now falls in line with other continents. The role of the EUBC will be to find the appropriate integration with other numerous and fundamental competitions in the AIBA and EUBC calendars in a pre-Olympic year. The success of this event depends on the quality and numbers of participants, cooperation with the National Federations are how we should evaluate the priorities and organizational adhesion.
4) Minsk is getting ready to host for the second time the European Boxing Championships. Belarus is still turning out to keep up with the organization of a such prestigious event?
Belarus is an ex Soviet country with a vast and trustworthy organizational capability. The government both national and local prefers to organize large sporting events for cultural vocation and to develop the tourism economy in a country that is very fascinating, since it is very environmental and architectural. I am certain that the organization of the European Championships will be impeccable.
5) 258 boxers, came from 39 nations, took part in the 2011 turkish edition, which was set in Ankara. How many teams and boxers will partecipate in this edition ?
The total number of nations participating is around the number that were in Ankara, at least based upon the entries that have come into the EUBC Office.
6) Could you tell us something about the Minsk 2013 programme?
The competition will start on June 1st and will conclude on June 8th. June 6th will be the Rest Day. Until the quarter-finals there will be two rings with two sessions, one in the afternoon and one in the evening, and as the Championships progress the Semi-finals and Finals will have only one ring. The scores will determined using the new “Ten Point Must System”. There will be other AIBA and EUBC functions through the event starting with an ITO exam. Then on June 6th there will be the EUBC Executive Committee Meeting as well as two EUBC Commission Meetings; R&J Commission headed by Waldemar MENCEL and the Competition Commission headed by Sándor CSÖTÖNYI. Additionally AIBA has organized a course to reconfirm 3-Star coaches as well as a Refreshers Course of the National Federation R&J Commissions
7) Mr. President, before ending our chat, do you have any messages for boxers competing in the upcoming EUBC Boxing Championships?
To take this competition very seriously. To take the podium in the European Championships is a great technical result, and defeat is accepted with fair play in respecting the ethical and technical rules. The Referees and Judges have been chosen by the AIBA R&J Commission and represent the best in the world. Therefore the boxers will be judged correctly and correspondingly to their performance in the ring. The European Championships are a confirmation of the new and correct culture of our sport, which is strongly desired by President Wu and the AIBA management.