India has been named the host country for the 2023 IBA Women’s World Boxing Championships.
The announcement was made today at the press conference in New Delhi, where the Host City Agreement was signed between the IBA and the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) by IBA President Umar Kremlev and BFI President Ajay Singh.
‘India is very passionate about boxing and conducting the World Championships here will be the perfect opportunity to celebrate the innumerable victories as well as inspire many more women to take up the sport and popularize the sport more than ever. BFI has worked effortlessly to develop boxing in India and the region, and I’m sure they will stage an event to remember,’ Kremlev said.
BFI President also mentioned the honor to be the host of the women’s flagship event again. Previously, New Delhi hosted the competition in 2006 and 2018. In 2017, Youth Women’s World Boxing Championships took place in Guwahati.
‘We are delighted that New Delhi has been named the host for this tournament. Hosting three major championships in a span of seven years showcases the efforts put in to build infrastructure and capabilities in India. It is also a reflection of the trust that we as a Federation enjoy on the international stage. A tournament of this stature also helps empower our women, giving them the belief to take up the sport,’ Ajay Singh said.
‘In a short span of time, President Kremlev has been able to bring a new level of dynamism to the sport. IBA and BFI share the same goals of taking boxing to the next level, and we are really looking forward to working together,’ BFI President added.
IBA defending World Champion Nikhat Zareen said that she is ‘looking forward to performing in front of the home crowds.’
‘Hosting an event of this stature is hugely prestigious and always inspires millions of young girls to take up the sport. The countdown has already begun, and I am looking forward to defending my title here in New Delhi,’ Zareen expressed her joy.
IBA enters a digital era, and New Delhi 2023 is going to be the first event where the digital evaluation and bout review will be introduced.