Having surpassed 200 National Federation members at the end of 2016, and with key reforms, greater gender equality and education initiatives central ingredients of the Toyo 2020 Olympic cycle, boxing’s appeal continues to grow around the world. The 2015 Men’s World Championships in Doha and 2016 Women’s World Championships in Astana saw new markets emerge and new heights reached for the quality of the competition both in and out of the ring, with fresh stars rising in the glare of the global media spotlight.
AIBA’s development of Women’s boxing has seen both the sport’s popularity and the level of competition soar since the first World Championships were held in 2001. Stars like USA’s Claressa Shields, Britain’s Nicola Adams and Mary Kom of India have helped the competition garner unprecedented exposure which, alongside the association with AIBA and the IOC’s targets for gender equality, represent a unique opportunity for host cities to create an important legacy for the sport.
From 2019, the Men’s and Women’s World Championships will become aligned in the same year for the first time, providing a clear and direct qualification schedule for Tokyo 2020 and offering potential for the two tournaments to combine or complement each other for a single host. The World Youth Championships, the Men’s edition most recently held in Saint Petersburg in November, attract a unique audience, too, providing a precious window on to the champions of tomorrow.
Bids to host the 2019 and 2021 Men’s World Boxing Championships, the 2018 and 2019 Women’s World Boxing Championships and the 2018 Youth Men’s and Women’s World Championships will be received by AIBA following the release of the application process and new bid guidelines on the official website www.AIBA.org/event-host