Interview with the new EUBC Competition Manager Mr. Marko Marovic07 December 2020
Mr. Marko Marovic is the General Secretary of the Croatian Boxing Federation and he is one of the most experienced officials in the European continent. He received his new position from EUBC President Mr. Franco Falcinelli and worked as Competition Manager in the EUBC Youth European Boxing Championships Budva 2020 and EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships Sofia 2020. He summarized his experiences from both events, the strength of the local organizers and the difficulties.
Congratulations to your new appointment and work as EUBC Competition Manager. What does it mean for you?
Thank you very much. This is a great honour for me and a confirmation of my quality long-term work and commitment to EUBC and AIBA. I would like to also thank you for EUBC President Mr. Franco Falcinelli, EUBC Executive Director Mr. Aleksandr Egorov and EUBC Board member Mr. Bono Bosnjak on their trust on me. It was also a great responsibility and challenge for me on the role of the Competition Manager during the Covid-19 global pandemic.
How were your experiences in the recent two continental events from Budva and Sofia?
There are many similar aspects of these two age groups and also a lot of differences in terms of organization. Most of the competitors in Budva were already 18-year-old and more responsible than the younger age groups. Although it was Montenegro’s first ever continental event, they performed well enough in Budva. The LOC President Mr. Aleksandr Klemenko and the LOC Competition Manager Mrs. Marija Civovic have done their best in the whole event. We had such an experienced Technical Delegate in Budva as Ms. Anna Laukkanen of Finland. We had younger competitors in Sofia at the EUBC Junior European Boxing Championships with 15 and 16-year-old boxers. We had a very experienced LOC in Sofia, led by EUBC Board member Mrs. Emilia Grueva, the President of the Bulgarian Boxing Federation Mr. Krasimir Ininski, Ms. Milena Videnova and Mr. Svetoslav Sapundjiev. Together with the Technical Delegate of the event Mr. Sergey Berdnik, we have done another successful championship.
What were the strengths of these championships?
First of all I would like to congratulate to EUBC and all of the participating National Federations on the courage and determination to hold the events and sent their boxers to Budva and Sofia. Many of the other combat sports have been cancelled their competitions and re-scheduled for 2021. The strengths of our EUBC Championships were the unity and the persistence to bring our sport to the highest possible level. Our management, our officials, organizers, coaches, referees and boxers made the events possible which is our biggest strength.
What were the key points, and the most difficult aspects of the organizations during the Covid-19 issues?
Our Confederation prepared the EUBC Event Management Protocol during Covid-19 pandemic before the competitions which made it completely easier for us to conduct the events under these strong measurements. Great thanks to the Chairman of the EUBC Medical Commission Dr. Ioannis Filippatos, EUBC Executive Director Mr. Aleksandr Egorov and my predecessor Mr. Dmitriy Gaistruk to arrange the protocols. Dr. Ioannis Filippatos worked as EUBC Covid-19 Manager in the two events together with our guardian angel Dr. Leyla Nasirova of Azerbaijan. Our job was to implement new procedures in the competitions to prevent any possibility of the infections. All of the teams had to wear protective masks in the events, not to enter each other rooms, no handshakes and to keep distance at all times. The officials and especially the referees had to change their previous protocols without touching the boxers, keeping the distance and raising the winner’s hand after the confirmation of the bouts. We were prepared with reserved isolation rooms but luckily there were no need for them in any of the two championships. Our medical team has done more than 200 tests in the events and all of them were negative in Budva and in Sofia. It was difficult for the teams to eat all of their meals in their rooms which meals were served in special packages but we are happy that each of the participated squad returned home virus-free.
What do you think about the level of the European junior and youth boxers?
Despite of the problems, caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and it is affected the whole European Boxing Family in the whole year, the quality was very good in both events after analysing the bouts. Unfortunately, many of the teams could not attend in the championships but all of the competitors showed great desire to win. The technical and tactical skills have been increased in some of the teams and that caused low number of RSCs in the events.
What do you expect from the year of 2021?
It is very difficult to answer at this moment but we all hope that the global situation will be much better in the beginning of the next year. There are several big events ahead of us and it will be a challenge to host all of them in 2021 but with our experiences from the recent two championships, I am certain that we will successfully conduct our competitions. We are looking forward to hold not only youth and junior, but elite, U22, schoolgirl and schoolboy championships.
Which will be your next event in your new position?
I will work as Competition Manager and Technical Delegate at the Cologne Boxing World Cup in Germany which will be starting on December 16.