Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The "Road to London" - AIBA - english boxing

AIBA President Dr Ching-Kuo Wu with British Olympics Minister Tessa
Jowell and former Minister for Sport Richard Caborn at the House of
Commons in London yesterday

At a reception organized at the House of Commons in London yesterday to recognise the achievements of amateur boxing and the contributions it makes towards Britain's sporting legacy, AIBA President Dr Ching-Kuo Wu introduced his "Road to London" initiative to prepare underprivileged boxers for the 2012 Olympic Games.
Among leading British politicians at the reception were Olympics Minister Tessa Jowell, Sports Minister Gerry Sutcliffe, former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott and Ed Balls, Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families. Prime Minister Gordon Brown also provided a foreword to the meeting.
The "Road to London" initiative builds on the success of the "Road to Milan" program, organized prior to this year's AIBA World Championships, where over 100 boxers enjoyed three weeks of world-class training to prepare for a competition that they would have been unable to attend were it not for the financial support of AIBA.
The "Road to London" will follow the same concept, with 10 of the participating boxers from Milan already lined up to benefit from the new training programme in the run-up to the 2011 AIBA World Championships in Busan, Korea. This will be the first qualifying event for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Using continental quotas, a total of 80 additional boxers will then be selected for further training ahead of their respective continental qualifying tournaments for the Olympics.
The Olympic qualifiers can then look forward to a training camp in Britain prior to the Games, which will be organized by AIBA in cooperation with the British Amateur Boxing Association and with government support.
President Wu also took the opportunity in London to explain the reforms that have taken place within AIBA during the three years of his Presidency, as well as some of the other principal projects AIBA is involved in including the World Series of Boxing (WSB).
"AIBA will leave London with a lasting legacy in three areas," he said.
"Firstly the Road to London program; secondly, women's boxing will make its Olympic debut in London; and thirdly WSB will pave the way for professional boxers to take part in the Olympic Games for the very first time."
In England, the number of members of registered boxing clubs has risen from just over 7,000 in 2005 to more than 19,000 in 2009, in the same period the number of schools offering non-contact boxing has risen from 20 to more than 1,500 and the number of registered female boxers in Great Britain has risen from 70 to more than 700.
Prime Minister Gordon Brown said in his foreword: "These are real and meaningful achievements and taken together present a resounding endorsement for the work being done by the thousands of people involved in boxing across the length and breadth of the country.
"They show the power of sport to make a positive contribution to society and illustrate why amateur boxing is at the forefront of our efforts to create a lasting sporting legacy for Great Britain."

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