|Kazakhstan To Host 2013 World Boxing Championships|
Friday, 13 April 2012 08:43
Kazakhstan has pulled of a significant coup by being confirmed as the host of the 2013 World Boxing Championships, The International Boxing Association have announced. The event will take place in the capital city of Astana.
The International Boxing Association (AIBA) revealed the news on Thursday after the signing of a contract between AIBA president Dr Ching-Kuo Wu and Kazakhstan Boxing Federation (KBF) counterpart Timur Kulibayev. AIBA intends that the staging of the Championships will coincide with the opening of its World Boxing Academy in Almaty in October 2013.
“Kazakhstan is one of the leading nations in boxing, in terms of quality of boxers and in quality of tournaments,” said Wu. “Hosting the AIBA World Boxing Championships next year is another milestone for the country and we are also very excited about the AIBA World Boxing Academy that is currently being built near Almaty. This will be a world-class facility to welcome the world's best boxers. This project was endorsed by the Federation and by the Ministry of Sports and once again demonstrates that Kazakhstan is building the foundations for the future of our sport.”
The World Championships are a biennial event, with Azerbaijan’s capital city Baku having staged its previous edition in 2011.