As reported by PTI on Tuesday, the event was postponed during the recent Men’s World Championships in Belgrade where a number of countries had raised concerns about traveling to Turkey amid the escalation of the Kovid case.
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“For example, the AIBA Board of Directors, in agreement with the Turkish National Federation, has decided to postpone the Women’s World Championships until March 2022,” AIBA President Umar Kremlev said in a letter to the PTI-occupied National Federation.
“… The response has been that many national federations are facing difficult situations and restrictions in their countries. Sadly, the Covid situation is very difficult at the moment,” he explained.
The tournament was temporarily planned from 4 to 18 December in Istanbul. Turkey regularly files more than 25,000 lawsuits.
A total of 187 deaths were also reported in the country on Monday due to the deadly catastrophic infection that has plagued the world for the past two years. Delta variants of the virus have been blamed for increasing cases.
“We are aware that some teams have already started preparing for this event and will be disappointed,” Kremlev said.
“However, please understand that the safety and well-being of our athletes, officials and other stakeholders is a priority, and so we cannot take the risk of moving forward with the event,” he added.
Europe, in general, has witnessed an increase in the number of Kovid cases.
India was to be represented by the current national champions in all weight categories except the 70 kg category where Olympic bronze medalist Lovlina Borgohine was directly selected.
His direct election was opposed by national gold medalist and world youth champion Arundhati Chowdhury, who took the matter to the Delhi High Court. The High Court has issued notice to the Boxing Federation of India in this regard.
But with the mega-event postponed, there could be tests in all weight categories over time.
For the first time, AIBA has announced a মান 2.4 million prize money fund for medal winners in 12 weight categories.
The prize for the first place is 100,000. The silver-medal winner will receive $ 50,000 and both bronze winners in each weight category will be rich by $ 25,000.
The World Organization announced that the AIBA Extraordinary Congress would be held during the Championship and major reforms of the organization would be announced.
In July, AIBA increased the women’s weight category from 10 to 12.
The new categories are 48kg, 50kg, 52kg, 54kg, 57kg, 60kg, 63kg, 66kg, 70kg, 75kg, 81kg and +81kg.