Subsequent month’s girls’s world boxing championship in Istanbul was on Wednesday postponed until March 2022 by the game’s governing physique AIBA, which mentioned the “COVID-19 scenario is just too tough at current” and it can’t take the danger to proceed with the occasion.
The occasion’s postponement was sealed through the latest males’s world championships in Belgrade the place a number of nations expressed apprehensions about travelling to Turkey amid a surge in COVID instances.
“As such, AIBA Board of Administrators, in consensus with the Turkish Nationwide Federation, has determined to postpone the Ladies’s World Championships to March 2022,” AIBA President Umar Kremlev mentioned in a letter to nationwide federation which is in PTI’s possession.
“…the suggestions acquired is that too many Nationwide Federations are dealing with tough conditions and restrictions inside their nations. Regrettably, the Covid scenario is just too tough at current,” he defined.
The event was tentatively deliberate from December 4 to 18 in Istanbul. Turkey has been logging instances in extra of 25,000 usually.
The nation additionally reported 187 deaths on Monday due to the lethal an infection that has wreaked havoc globally for the previous two years. The surge in instances has been attributed to the delta variant of the virus.
“We’re conscious that some groups have already began preparations for this occasion and will likely be upset,” Kremlev mentioned.
“Nevertheless, please perceive that the security and wellbeing of our athletes, officers and different stakeholders is precedence, and due to this fact we can’t take the danger to proceed with the occasion,” he added.
Europe, usually, has been witnessing an increase in COVID instances.
India was to be represented by the reigning nationwide champions in all weight classes apart from 70kg division through which Olympic bronze-medallist Lovlina Borgohain has been given direct choice.
Her direct choice has been opposed by nationwide gold-winner and world youth champion Arundhati Choudhary, who has taken the matter to Delhi Excessive Courtroom. The HC has issued a discover to the Boxing Federation of India on the matter.
However with the postponement of the mega-event, there could possibly be trials in all weight classes given the time lag.
For the primary time ever, the AIBA introduced a prize cash fund of USD 2.4 million for medal winners throughout 12 weight classes.
The prize for first place has been stored USD 100 000. The silver-medallists would obtain USD 50,000 and each bronze winners in every weight class could be richer by USD 25,000.
The world physique had additionally introduced that AIBA Extraordinary Congress could be held through the championships, and main reforms of the organisation will likely be introduced.
In July, AIBA elevated the ladies’s weight classes from 10 to 12.
The brand new divisions are 48kg, 50kg, 52kg, 54kg, 57kg, 60kg, 63kg, 66kg, 70kg, 75kg, 81kg, and 81kg.