The International Boxing Federation (AIBA) announced on Saturday that the Women’s World Boxing Championships will take place in Istanbul, Turkey, in December. AIBA President Umar Kremlev signed an agreement with the Turkish Boxing Federation to officially give the hosting rights to the country.
The Women’s World Boxing Championships were originally scheduled for Kielce in Poland, along with the AIBA Men’s Youth Championships in April. However, the men’s event took place as planned, but the women’s event was postponed due to the COVID-19 crisis.
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In its statement, AIBA said the event is likely to be held in early December this year.
“I would like to thank the Ministry of Sports of Turkey and Kremlev for choosing our country and federation to host the World Women’s Boxing Championships in the world of boxing,” President of the Turkish Boxing Federation said Eyup Gozgec.
Kremlev, on the other hand, thanked the Turkish federation for stepping up to host the women’s world boxing championships.
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“I am pleased to announce that the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships will be held here in Istanbul. Turkey is a great boxing country and has a rich history. I would like to thank all Turkish authorities as President of the Country, Prime Minister, Turkish Boxing Federation and others for support,” the AIBA president claimed.
Prize money at World Boxing Championships for women the same as for men
Another big announcement from Kremlev during his visit to Turkey was about the prize money. In an effort to promote gender equality in sports, the AIBA president announced that the prize money for both the medalist will be the same for both men and women.
“Gender equality is one of our main goals in boxing. I am pleased to confirm that the prize money for the medalists will be exactly the same as for the Men’s World Championships.”
“For the first time in AIBA’s 75-year history, medalists are awarded significant prize money from AIBA. The prize money is set at $2.6 million USD. The prize for first place is $100 000 USD. Silver medalists will receive $50,000 USD, and both bronze medalists in each weight category will receive $25,000 USD,” Kremlev concluded.
AIBA Men’s World Championships will take place in Serbia, Belgrade from October 24 to November 6.
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