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Boxing under New Rules

The International Amateur Boxing Association has approved the latest reforms and agreed on the calendar of the Olympic cycle 2020.

Montreux, Switzerland, hosted an extraordinary meeting of the Executive Committee and the Congress of the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA). The participants approved new reforms and agreed on the calendar of Olympic cycle ahead of the Games in Tokyo in 2020.

The meeting resulted in the decision to hold a joint World Boxing Championship 2019, which will serve both men and women. This innovation, according to the AIBA, will optimize business opportunities and create conditions for a joint World Championship for men and women. Until 2019, championships will remain separate, and the nearest World Championship among men will be held in 2017 in Hamburg, Germany, and among women – in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia, in 2018.

The Executive Committee of the International Boxing Association also approved a reform in judging in amateur boxing, worked out after the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Referees for each match will be designated not by the Commission, but by the electronic system, and to determine the winner it will take into account the cards of all five jury members. Changes were made to the charter, the technical rules for AIBA and AOB rules (Olympic Boxing) containing innovation important for the fans – the sports areas untouchable for spectators, accessible only by boxers, the seconds and judges, have become less, so that viewers can watch the fights from a closer distance.

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