It is safer without headgear26 march 2013, 15:31
Ching-Kuo Wu, head of the International Boxing Association (AIBA), made a one day visit to Astana in mid March in relation to the world championship to be held in Kazakhstan in October and the AIBA Academy to be opened in Almaty.
“We’ve got a lot of work to do: the World Boxing Championship will be held in Almaty in October. Besides, we are going to open the AIBA Academy in Almaty. It has became possible thanks to the big work done by the Boxing Federation of Kazakhstan,” the distinguished visitor said.
According to him, Serik Akhmetov, Prime Minister of Kazakhstan, and Timur Kulibayev, head of Kazakhstan Boxing Federation met with him in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan. They discussed a wide range of important issues.
Ching-Kuo Wu spoke highly of the debut women’s boxing tournament that was held during the Olympic Games. According to the head of the International Boxing Association, it was a sell-out.
“Of course, the Olympic Games was the most important event in 2012. We held the women’s tournament for the first time. All the Olympic Games data has already been processed. First of all, the tournament’s premise that was selected for the event was perfect. The boxing hall's capacity was 10 000 visitors and it was a sell-out every day. 99,5% of the tickets were sold out. This is the highest index over the past years. Secondly, a big number of countries managed to gain the medals.”
Kazakhstan's Marina Volnova (R) fights Claressa Shields of the U.S. during their Women's Middle (75kg) semi-final boxing match at the London Olympic Games. ©REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
Ching-Kuo Wu said that participating countries saw the women's boxing tournament as a good opportunity to win extra medals and started developing this sport. He also added that Kazakhstan had developed a solid foundation for growth and was capable of hosting of a tournament of any level, whether an Olympic qualification or a women’s boxing worlds Besides, the list of weight divisions could be expanded, he said.
“I am working on this,” Ching-Kuo Wu said. “My goal is six weight divisions instead of the current three. Last year we had three divisions with 12 participants in each. My suggestion is to change it to 6 divisions with 8 participants in each. This will give us an opportunity to extend the quota from 36 to 48 participants”.
Moreover, there will be no one united Olympics qualification tournament in the next Olympic cycle – there will be two separate competitions. But bother of the competitions will give the boxers a chance to qualify for the Olympics.
Kazakhstan representative in female boxing, 23-y.o. Marina Volnova, -75kg, won the bronze medal at the 2013 Olympics. Marina went down in history as the first winner of an Olympic medal in Kazakhstan female boxing.
Bronze medallist Marina Volnova of Kazakhstan poses during the medal ceremony for the Women's Middle (75kg) boxing competition at the London Olympic Games. ©REUTERS/Murad Sezer
Change of AIBA rules -- abolishment of headgear -- was a separate subject in the discussion. According to the AIBA president, a positive dynamics has been registered after introduction of the new regulation.
“We haven’t started this campaign yet. People could only see the new regulation at work at the World Series of Boxing tournaments,” the president said. “We are going to start working in this direction on a large scale only in June. I have made a request to medical authorities to see the statistics of the last three years. If we find that the injury (brain contusion) rate has gone down with the new regulations than we will take the decisions.”
US Flyweight boxer Melissa McMorrow (L) and German challenger Nadia Raoui exchange punches during the WBO and WIBF World Championship Female Flyweight title fight. ©AFP
Ching-Kuo Wu said that some independent organization made an analysis of the 59 years of the boxing events and its data showed that the rate of brain contusions was lower without protective headgear used.
The head of the International Boxing Federation Ching-Kuo Wu was awarded with the second degree Dostyk Order in Kazakhstan for his contribution into development of sport.