AIBA at the 2018 Asian Games

August 18th, 2018 / IBA

In the lead up to the boxing competitions at the 2018 Jakarta Palembang Asian Games, AIBA Interim President, Gafur Rahimov, had the opportunity to sit down with Haider Farman, Director of the OCA Asian Games Department.

Amongst the various topics discussed was the boxing programme at the Asian Games. In particular the new weight classes recently approved by AIBA and the IOC, including the possibility to increase the women weight classes from three to five for the Asian Games competition, to align with the Olympic Games and with Agenda 2020. While all previous weight classes will remain for the 2018 Asian Games, this new regulation will take effect for the next edition.

Boxing has been part of every Asian Games since its introduction in the programme in 1954 and plays an important role in the development of the sport throughout Asia. This year, the Asian Games boxing competitions will be held from August 24th to September 1st with a total of 210 boxers from 31 nations.

Haider Farman, Director of the OCA Asian Games Department, said: « It has been a pleasure to collaborate with the new AIBA leadership in the lead up to the Games. Mr. Rahimov has shown a great commitment to the sport of boxing and its continued development. Being part of the OCA family for such a long time, I believe that he will bring a lot of experience and added-value to the sport and to the Olympic Movement. »