"We will be striving to host at least one international tournament every year."
India will soon host the 2017 World Women’s Youth Boxing Championship. The sporting event will take place in November.
The World Women’s Youth Boxing Championship marks one of the first major international boxing events to be held in India since 2010.
As well as the World’s Women Youth Boxing Championship, India will plan to host at least one major international event each year. This will lead to the run up for the 2020 Olympic Games, held in Tokyo.
Boxing Federation of India (BFI) President Ajay Singh revealed the announcement in a press conference on 1st March 2017. He said:
“The World Youth Championships for women will be held in November. In fact, we will be striving to host at least one international tournament every year.”
In 2010, India hosted the Commonwealth Champions, and afterwards hosted the Commonwealth Games. However, due to administrative troubles, India hasn’t hosted an international boxing event since.
But with a new federation in charge, this will now change.
Ajay Singh also added: “The Women’s Youth World Championships will be a great opportunity for the Indian boxers as they will be able to compete in such a huge event and it will also help in our preparations for Tokyo 2020.
“Our boxers will also be taking part in the 2017 World Series Boxing competition.”
The press conference also marked the first time that the International Boxing Association (AIBA) held a meeting in India. The meeting was highly important as all chairpeople from the 11 commissions of AIBA attended. They aimed to discuss the future of international boxing. It seems India will hold a greater significance to these plans.
AIBA President Dr. Wu Ching-Kuo also attended the conference. He appeared pleased with the announcement of the 2017 World Women’s Youth Boxing Championship location. He said:
“I believe that India is capable of producing boxers who can do well on the international stage.”
With the boxing announcement made, hopes are high that boxing will make a huge comeback for India. Not only that, the BFI and AIBA are keen for Indian boxing to make a huge breakthrough in the international world of boxing.