The 2023 Men’s World Boxing Championships will be held in the Uzbek capital Tashkent, the International Boxing Association (AIBA) announced on Friday. AIBA President Umar Kremlev confirmed Tashkent as the host city during a visit to Uzbekistan. “I am happy to announce that Uzbekistan, the country which has strong boxers and champion character, will host the 2023 Championships. I am confident in the high level organization, the huge support from the supporters and the spectacular fights, ”Kremlev said in a statement.
AIBA said a candidacy was put forward by the Uzbekistan Boxing Federation, which saw the organization’s board of directors vote in favor of his candidacy.
During his visit to Uzbekistan, Kremlev held a working meeting and press conference with NOC President Rustam Shaabdurakhmonov and Ukbezkistan Boxing Federation First Vice President Saken Polatov, where he discussed the development of boxing in Uzbekistan and Central Asia and the first stages of preparations for the World Championships, the statement read.
The 22nd edition of the competition will be the first time that Uzbekistan will host it.
“We are very grateful to our president and government for their support in promoting healthy lifestyle and sports in our country. Uzbekistan is one of the most active members of the International Association of boxing, we have a rich boxing history, ”Shaabdurakhmonov said.
“We are proud of our athletes and their victories. We will strengthen our cooperation with AIBA in popularizing boxing in our region and around the world.
“We have discussed the establishment of a training center for coaches, referees and judges here in Tashkent. This center will operate for the entire Central Asian region.”
The Central Asian nation won three boxing gold medals at the Rio 2016 Olympics.
“We are very grateful that AIBA has awarded Uzbekistan the status of host country for the AIBA Men’s Boxing World Championships. It is a great honor and a huge responsibility. We will do our best to organize the tournament in higher level. You can always count on us, “Polatov said.
Preparation for the AIBA Men’s Boxing World Championships has already started and the first arrangement plan has been launched.
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