2016 AIBA Women's World Championships
Astana 19th/27th May
by Michael O'Neill
April 9, 2016
(APR 9) As we previously informed
you here on WBAN, the AIBA in their wisdom postponed the 2016
Women’s World Championships which were due to take place
February 1st to 14th until the new dates 19th to 27th May.
The event was to have delivered
the first 12 quota places for women for the Rio Games , but an
International Boxing Association (AIBA) spokesperson admitted in
November that it would have to be delayed by three months so
that organisers had more time to get ready.
"The 2016 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships are set to
light up Astana, a beautiful city with vast experience of
hosting major sporting events," said AIBA President C K Wu.
"This will be a true showcase of the incredible skill, power and
elegance of our sport, determining not only the best women
boxers in the world across 10 weight categories, but also the
first 12 qualifiers for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games."
Since female boxers from Africa, the Americas, Asia and Oceania
have already qualified for Rio as will the Europeans after
Samsun it now becomes the last 12 to qualify in competitive
action plus one per weight from the Tripartite places scheme for
In addition the lengthy delay – to give more time to the Kazakh
authorities to get ready - seriously inconveniences the European
contenders for Rio as they will have little time to recover from
any significant injuries sustained in Samsun this month. That
tournament had already been delayed previously and also suffered
a change of venue.
The President of the World tournament’s Local Organising
Committee, remains quietly confident that AIBA Women’s World
Championships will be one of the highlights of the country’s
"Women’s boxing is becoming more and more popular every year and
its introduction during the London 2012 Olympic Games was hugely
important for the sport," he proclaimed.
"People love boxing in Kazakhstan, so it will be great for them
to be able to witness its stars compete and gives another reason
for more women in our country to get involved in this great
A flurry of activity marked the 50-day countdown to
championships with the Kazakh designed medals, the official
mascot Maya and the Championship dedicated website all launched
in Kazakhstan’s capital city, Astana.
With a design mimicking ancient Kazakh zoomorphic patterns, the
unique gold, silver and bronze medals represent Scythian art, a
decoration traditionally used to deliver power, good luck and
protection to the wearer.
Each medal weighs about 110 grams. A disc with of 8 cm in
diameter and 4 mm thick is decorated with curly through slots.
The medals intended for Gold medallists are covered with an
alloy in which contains real gold.
The design of the awards used traditional Kazakh zoomorphic
patterns. In ancient times the things decorated with similar
ornaments were used as a mascot that would bring strength and
good luck to its owner.
They were revealed to the fans by the bronze medallist of the
2012 Olympic Marina Volnova and a member of the national women's
boxing team, Dina Zholaman, the six-time champion of Kazakhstan.
“I believe our girls will be successful”, said Marina Volnova,
the Ambassador for these Championships. “Everyone has got a
chance. Of course, much depends on the draw. But, I think,
whoever they may chance to fight with, everything will be fine
and they will win prizes".
The event takes place in the Barys Arena complex where around
294 sportswomen from 67 countries are expected to participate,
according to Kazakh and AIBA sources.
In late news the AIBA has given India until 14 May to from a new
national federation ( Boxing India was banned more than a year
ago), according to NDTV online sources.
Mary Kom and Sarita Devi Laishram will be hoping to qualify via
these Worlds in Astana but even if they do qualify there is ‘no
guarantee’ they’ll be allowed to compete in Rio.
NDTV reports that :’the International Boxing Association (AIBA)
has given India time till May 14 to put together a new
federation, failing which the country's boxers could be barred
from competing at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
A meeting last week broke up without any conclusion hence the 14
May deadline. The NDTV source is unsure that it will have a
successful outcome commenting that ‘this meeting today should
have been enough to finalise the dates of election because there
is very little time at hand. There was no need to postpone
things for another meeting on April 16. I am not too optimistic
about things even now," said a state association official.
Others though are more optimistic such as the Sports Authority
of India : "We certainly want our boxers to compete in the
Olympics and that too under the India flag. So in the next
meeting, the constitution would be finalised along with the date
election," the SAI-appointed coordination committee head Asit
WBAN’s own sources however believe that any Indian boxers who do
qualify for Rio will be allowed to compete albeit under the AIBA
banner rather than the Indian Flag. If say Mary Kom does qualify
for Rio (via Astana) and no Indian boxer is allowed to compete
that would mean that Mary would NOT have an opportunity of
retiring on a high note with a second Olympic medal.
What a tragedy that would be for one of the sport’s greatest
ever servants and an AIBA Ambassador at that. One who has even
before Astana already won five World titles. Unthinkable!