AIBA's Biggest-Ever Women's Competition Comes to Barbados


Reigning World Champions Gulsum Tatar and Semsi Yarali from
Turkey (Photo: Tibor Kinceses)

The biggest-ever women's boxing competition - the 6th edition of the AIBA Women's World Championships - is coming to Bridgetown, the capital of Barbados, from September 9 until September 18.

The first Women's World Championships was held in Scranton, USA, in 2001, then followed Antalya, Turkey, Podolsk, Russia, New Delhi, India and Ningbo, China as the last venue in 2008. The Women's World Championships now returns to the American continent after the first edition of the event.

Sensationally 75 nations and 306 boxers will be competing at the AIBA Women's World Championships and these numbers break every former record in women's boxing's history. This will also be the biggest boxing tournament to be held in the South Caribbean region.

Eight countries have entered with full 10-member teams in Barbados: Russia, Ukraine, Turkey, China, India, Canada, United States of America and Kazakhstan, while Australia, Kenya, Brazil, Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago, Poland, Hungary, France, Bulgaria, Germany and North Korea will be competing with large teams at the championships.

Of the total, 27 countries are from the European Confederation, 17 each from the Asian and American Confederation, 12 from the African Confederation and two from Oceania. Furthermore, 31 nations will be making their debut at the Women's World Championships.

AIBA launched a huge training program, called"The Road to Barbados" to prepare women boxers for the 6th Women's World Championships. A total of forty boxers from each AIBA Confederation have been selected from developing countries and emerging boxing nations to join the training camp.

The championships will be held under the official AIBA rules, meaning four rounds of two minutes in the new ten weight classes, including the three future Olympic divisions: 48, 51, 54, 57, 60, 64, 69, 75, 81, +81kg.

The 6th AIBA Women's World Championships will be the first global tournament since the IOC's decision last to include women's boxing in the program for the 2012 London Olympic Games.

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