March 29, 2007
AIBA President Dr. Ching-Kuo Wu has declared that he expects the confirmation of a venue and a date for the 2007 World Senior Boxing Championships by early April.
Following the forced withdrawal of Moscow as the host of the 2007 World Championships on March 9, AIBA is currently awaiting a response from the Korean Boxing Association who has the first right of refusal in accordance to the agreement signed between AIBA and the Russian Boxing Federation at the Executive Committee meeting in February.
The Korean City of Jeju lost to Moscow 22-9 in a secret ballot at the EC Meeting in Taipei on February 9 but now have the option of hosting the prestigious event with the same financial conditions as the Russian bid.
“We expect to receive a final answer from Korea by the end of March,” President Wu confirmed. “I understand the complete urgency surrounding the date and venue of this most important event and hope to draw a final conclusion to this process by early-April at the latest.
“In this regard, I have asked the Chairman of the AIBA World Championship Commission to call a commission meeting next week to discuss this matter and others pertaining to the Cadet World Championships who will then produce its recommendations to AIBA so that we can move ahead efficiently and professionally.”
The AIBA Executive Committee had earlier elected Moscow ahead of Jeju City as the host of the World Championships through a secret ballot following presentations from both cities. However, the RBF failed on a number of issues pertaining to the agreement despite continuous assistance from AIBA through the extension of deadlines on a number of occasions.