May 14, 2021

Sports Legend

COVID impact: Asian boxing championship moved from Delhi to Dubai

The Asian Boxing Championship, which was due to be held here next month, was moved to Dubai on Wednesday due to the worsening COVID-19 crisis in India, but the national federation will remain co-host with its UAE counterpart. United Arabs. The tournament was scheduled to be held at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium from May 21 to 31 in the nation’s capital, which currently records more than 20,000 cases daily.

“Following international travel restrictions to India, the Indian Boxing Federation (BFI), in consultation with the Asian Boxing Confederation (ASBC), has decided to hold the next 2021 edition of the Asian Boxing Championships in elite male and female ASBC in Dubai. “, Said the BFI in a statement.

“The event will now be hosted by BFI in association with the United Arab Emirates Boxing Federation. The daily addition of more than 3 lakh new cases has led several countries to ban flights to and from India. due to the prevailing pandemic situation, BFI and ASBC have jointly made the decision to move the tournament, ”said the BFI.

The chairman of the national body, Ajay Singh, said it was a difficult decision but one that had to be made. “It is unfortunate that we have to move the venue out of India. We were very keen to host the championships in Delhi, but we have no options left,” he said.

“The safety of the boxers is the most important concern for us and therefore we had to make this decision. We have been monitoring the situation closely and after deliberation with the ASBC as well as the Indian government, we have decided to organize the tournament. in Dubai, ”he added. .

In a communication to all member national federations, the ASBC informed that the next edition of the championships will take place from May 21 to June 1. The Indian men’s squad for the event has yet to be announced, but the women’s squad has been named and will be led by iconic MC Mary Kom (51kg).