In a historic first for Indian boxing, the country will host the elite men’s World Championship in 2021 besides conducting the women’s World Championship for the second time next year, the International Boxing Association (AIBA) has announced.
India, however, has had a chance of hosting women’s World Championship previously and will host one again next year for the second time. But this is the first time that they are hosting the men’s World Championship.
The AIBA made the announcement at the end of its two-day executive committee meeting in Moscow. “We are delighted to have the AIBA Men’s World Championships 2019 confirmed for Sochi, and equally excited to announce New Delhi as host city in 2021 as the Boxing Federation of India continues to show its commitment to developing the sport,” AIBA President Dr Ching Kuo Wu said in a statement.
“Following the presentation of the Turkish Boxing Federation, I know that Trabzon will also meet the demands of hosting the world’s biggest women’s boxing tournament in 2019,” he added.
India has never conducted the men’s World Championship. The major men’s boxing events hosted by India have been the 1990 World Cup in Mumbai and the 2010 Commonwealth Championships in New Delhi.
“It is the first time ever that a country has been awarded two major Championships, that too back to back. The presentation made by us was adjudged the best by AIBA President,” Boxing Federation of India President Ajay Singh said.
“AIBA expects India to be a major powerhouse for boxing and getting these Championships is a giant leap in that direction,” he added.
The development is quite significant given that India had a federation in place only last year after serving suspension and termination between 2012 and 2016 owing to administrative wrangling.